A noble grape variety, native to the region, planted in the characteristic sandy soils, free from phylloxera, less than 1 km from the Atlantic coast and at an average altitude of 110 m. Free-standing system, with creeping strands over the sand. Use of small stretches of cane – pontoons – to lift the bunches in summer. Protection from the winds with dry reed palisades and loose stone walls. Strong Atlantic influence, with summers of moderate temperatures and strong, salty winds. The presence of the Serra de Sintra, to the south, leads to the formation of fog and the maintenance of high relative humidity.
Harvest at the beginning of October. This wine is the result of careful vinification using the classic “curtimenta” process, with 50% destemming, fermentation in stainless steel tanks with temperature control (26º-28ºC) and careful pumping over. The ageing process took place over 5 years, with the wine first going through large vats of exotic woods, followed by small oak barrels and, finally, ageing in tanks and bottles. Bottled in December 2021.
It goes very well with roasts of meat, game and mushrooms. It benefits from prior opening of the bottle and/or decanting.