Fita Preta - Portugal
Palpite 2017 Reserva
Vintage : 2017
Grapes : Aragonêz 42%, Alicante Bouschet 38%, Trincadeira 12%, Touriga Nacional 8%
ABV : 15.0%
Producer : Fitapreta
Region : Alentejo, Portugal
Wine Advocate 93 (Vintage 2017)
VITICULTURE: All our grapes come from the highest quality vineyards of the Alentejo region, south of Portugal. The agriculture is sustainable, the production is controlled and quality is improved by removing secondary branches and pruning bunches. The vineyards are grown on very poor soil of schist or granite origin, naturally producing very concentrated grapes. The aromatic profile is further enhanced by cultural practices such as defoliation, dawning and weeding of green curls.
VINIFICATION: Production follows the protocols of sustainable agriculture with yields being controlled for top quality by hard pruning, removal of secondary shoots, and bunch thinning. At optimum maturity the grapes are hand-picked in small boxes permit- ting the quality control operations of bunch selection in the vineyard and on the sorting table. Vinification and Ageing: After sorting and crushing the grapes are conveyed by gravity into small vats and fermented by only indigenous yeast at 27ºC. Post fermentation maceration lasts for 21 days. The wine is matured for 18 months in French oak barrels.