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100% Alicante Branco. Alicante Branco was and is also known as Boal de Alicante or Boal Cachudo and was an important grape variety in the Alentejo for many years. Gyrão, 1822, 50 years before the phylloxera, mentions several "Boiais" but gives special prominence to Boal Cachudo (synonymous with this variety).
A 100% Alicante Branco, unique in Portugal, is a test of a grape variety exclusive to Portugal and the only one in the world. This wine tests the potential of one of the oldest grape varieties in the Alentejo, which has almost disappeared with the modernization of viticulture.
Year the vineyard was planted: 1970
Soils: Granitoid with a strong presence of active limestone, the ph of the soil being slightly basic.
Location: Located at the southern foot of the Serra d'Ossa.
History: This place is special, you can feel it! Two streams bring rainwater down from the Serra and keep the ground cool in the torrid Alentejo heat, never lowering the water table below 5 meters. It was here that vines used to be planted, and the place was known as Chão dos Eremitas, "Chão" being an old term for a flat area, and "Eremitas" referring to the Hermit monks of the order of São Paulo. Here there is evidence of uninterrupted wine production since the 14th century. The vineyard was so important that a Papal Bull in 1397 exempted the "Pauperes Eremitas" from paying taxes on their vineyards. But archaeology goes further, as the discovery of the only Phoenician wine amphora in the interior of the country, dating back to the 8th century BC, links this site to wine some 900 years before the arrival of the Romans, in what is 3,000 years of history linked to wine.
Grapes are grown under a certified organic regime, without the use of herbicides. Our vineyards are also all certified under the Alentejo sustainability program.
Manual harvest at night, direct press, no sulphites until the end of fermentation, no decanting and spontaneous fermentation in old barrels.
12 months on primary lees without battonage and 3 months in stainless steel.
Citrus yellow color, intense nose, notes of grapefruit, peach and gunpowder. Full-bodied attack, excellent unctuousness and persistence.
A wine with plenty of concentration, good with fish dishes in the oven or casserole and simpler poultry dishes.
Store at 6-8ºC to be served at 10ºC and drunk at 12ºC.