Alentejo Regional Wine
Touriga Nacional 40%, Cabernet Sauvignon 40% and Alicante Bouschet 20%
VINIFICATION AND AGEING
The grapes of the selected varieties are harvested at peak ripeness, placed in 20 Kg boxes and vinification begins immediately. The grapes are destemmed and transported to the fermentation tanks. Fermentation occurs over 20 days at moderate temperatures and with prolonged maceration that gives the wine great aromatic complexity. Aged for 12 months in French oak giving it significant elegance and complexity. The wine is matured in the bottle for over 6 months.
CONSUMPTION AND LIFETIME
Ideally drink at 16oC. Pairs well with traditional Portuguese meat and fish dishes and has the perfect fresh and elegant characteristics for accompanying fusion food. This wine is for laying down and has good ageing potential.
Deep ruby colour. Its aroma offers up an earthy note with broad ripe red fruits. Surprising freshness with rounded tannins in the mouth. Lively and complex profile with a long, classy finish. A silky wine with excellent pairing potential.
THE 2015 HARVEST
White grapes were harvested at Herdade do Freixo for the first time in 2015. The grape harvest started at the beginning of September with the Alvarinho variety, followed by Sauvignon blanc and Arinto and the weather was dry. For the white varieties, the vines' relatively comfortable water levels, led to moderately alcoholic, but fresh grapes with great aromatic intensity. The red varieties were picked afterwards and the moderate water stress they were put under during ripening, along with cluster thinning at the onset of veraison, gave rise to high quality, concentrated and well-balanced sugar/acidity grapes