Herdade do Peso is situated in the southerly Alentejo sub-region of Vidígueira. 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. The estate was purchased by the Guedes family in 1996 and totals an area of almost 450 hectares; 120 hectares of sustainably farmed vineyard, a large reservoir and the rest is planted to olive trees ageing over 1,000 years old.
Head winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida believes “the oenologists primary role is to interpret nature” and makes expressive and generous wines that reflect the unique terroir of this spectacular estate. He manages all his vineyards sustainably with the on-site reservoir provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyards during the warm summers.
With grapes harvested early to retain their natural acidity and freshness, upon arrival at the winery the grapes are put in the cool room to lower their temperature before pressing to preserve maximum aromatics. Direct pressing and very limited time on the skins results in a beautiful pale pink colour.
This wine is bursting with fragrant aromas of red cherries, raspberries and wild strawberries. On the palate a lively acidity carries the bright fruit flavours onto the crisp and refreshing finish; a lovely wine.
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