Herdade do Peso, Trinca Bolotas Alentejo Tinto 2019 (1x75cl)
Grape Variety: Alicante Bouschet | Touriga Nacional | Aragonez/Aragonês
Bottle Size: 75cl
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Product Code: PTAL0031B19S
** NB: this is the 2019 vintage. The 2018 vintage was the DWWA20 winner. There are very few (if any) bottles of the DWWA-winning 2018 vintage still left in the UK: ours have gone already. The delay in the DWWAs this year means the vintage has sold through before the awards could be made! The 2019 is excellent! **
The 2018 vintage (now depleted in the UK) was awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).
For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.
The Guedes family had always rated the quality of the Herdade do Peso grapes – they had been using them in their Vinha do Monte wines since the early 1990s – and jumped at the opportunity to purchase the estate in 1996. Situated in the south of the Alentejo, in the sub-region of Vidígueira, the Herdade do Peso estate covers a total of 457 hectares, 160 hectares of which are currently planted with vines. Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida makes expressive and generous wines that reflect the warmer climate of the Alentejo.
Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland from the coast by a gap in the surrounding mountains. Limestone soils help to control vine vigour and lend elegance to the wines. All of the Herdade do Peso vineyards are sustainably farmed and an on-site dam provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers.
After destemming and gentle crushing, the must was left to macerate for three to four days prior to fermentation, to increase the wine’s aromatic and phenolic complexity. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC with gentle pumping over to preserve the fruit and extract smooth tannins. After malolactic fermentation, 70% of the wine was kept in stainless-steel tanks with the remainder aged in used French oak barrels, for six months. The wine was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling
44% Alicante Bouschet, 40% Touriga Nacional, 16% Aragonez/Aragonês.
This wine is intense ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are vibrant aromas of red fruits and floral nuances - courtesy of the Touriga Nacional, On the palate, it is well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a lively, refreshing acidity. A perfect food wine with excellent structure and a lingering finish.