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Fitapreta is António Maçanita’s estate near the ancient Roman city of Evora, located in the rolling hills of Alentejo. Since its inception in 2004, Fitapreta has pushed the boundaries of what fine winemaking can be in this region, and over the last two decades, the estate has become a benchmark for the New Portugal, earning Antonio international accolades like Winemaker of the Year, Most Unique Winemaker, and Winemaker of the Generation.
Maçanita works only with indigenous varieties and showcases his estate’s terroir through exacting work: farming organically without irrigation, harvesting by hand at night, deliberate bunch sorting in the winery, and native yeast fermentation. Through his commitment to these principles, he can craft wines that represent sunny Alentejo, but which have a balance and freshness unmatched by others in the region.
Maçanita finds equilibrium between tradition and modernity, and his constant exploration of vineyards has enabled him to show off a truly deep understanding of Alentejano terroir, present and past. Whether on his original estate vineyard or in his Chão dos Eremitas site, his wines always contain a through-line of elegance and purity. The broad assortment of wine styles available from Fitapreta is a testament to Antonio’s intellect, curiosity, playfulness, and rigorous attention to detail. Fitapreta has something for everyone!
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
This is a traditional Alentejo white blend. Hand-sorted to select the very best fruit in the harvest, Fitapreta Branco is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to stainless steel aging tanks. The result is a layered, crystal-clear expression of terroir and fruit.
2018 90WA; 2016 89IWR; 2015 89WA; 201389WA; 2012 90 WA; 2010 90WA
40% Antao Vaz, 40% Roupeiro, 20% Arinto. Sustainably grown vines planted from 1979-1989. Tended in calcareous clay soils at 300-400 m (984-1,312 ft) elevation
Grilled fish, crudo preparations, delicately prepared seafood and shellfish.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:
Spontaneously fermented using indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to stainless steel aging tanks for 6 months.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
The Alentejo is a large region in southeastern central Portugal, which is one of the agricultural centers of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature differences. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of maturity and freshness. The Alentejo sees 3000 hours of annual sunshine and 600mm of annual rainfall, less than 15% of which falls during the growing season. These vineyards are grown in calcareous clay at 300-400m elevation asl.
Bright straw-yellow. On the nose, fresh orchard and stone fruit commingle with apple skin and faint herbal notes. On the palate, good concentration and weight, with bright fresh fruit and clean acidity. Nicely focused on the finish with a pronounced chalkiness to the mineral cut.
1 lbs (.47 kg)