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100% Terrantez do Pico
Terrantez do Pico is an indigenous grape variety exclusive to the Azores Islands. The last count of vines of this variety, outside the official services trials, was less than 100 plants when António Maçanita decided to get involved in the recovery of this variety. Today it is gradually being replanted which gives hope. This wine demonstrates the potential of this unique grape variety, in this "extreme" volcanic terroir, in a pure, mineral, and saline wine... hoping it will contaminate others to keep it alive.
Bright citrus yellow, intense floral nose, with notes of tea, bergamot and iodine. Rich full attack, with a touch of iodine and salt.
Fresh, with good acidity and some unctuosity, and a great saline component. Works with grilled fish, salads and fresh seafood.
A unique terroir in the world, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, at the base of the Pico volcanic mountain, the vineyards are planted in the crevices of the rock, near the sea, where you can hear the "crab singing", because this is where there is more sun and heat. A proximity of, sometimes, few meters that requires the vineyard to be protected by walls (currais), from the strong and saline winds of the Atlantic.
Selective manual harvest in 20kg baskets, mostly from the island of Pico and a small percentage from São Miguel. Whole bunch pressing, racking after 12h. First presses fermented in stainless steel vats with temperature control in order to maintain the purity of the grape variety and second presses fermented in barrels of 3rd year (30%).
Keep at 6-8ºC to be served at 10ºC, and to drink at 12ºC.