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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 Ancestral 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.
RATING HISTORY:2018 90WA; 2016 89IWR; 2015 89WA; 201389WA; 2012 90 WA; 2010 90WA
GRAPE:Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Arinto, Tamarez, Antao Vaz and Alicante Branco. Sustainably grown vines planted from 1979-1989. Tended in calcareous clay soils at 300-400 m (984-1,312 ft) elevation
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS: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.
TASTING NOTES: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.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:1 lbs (.47 kg)
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