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100% Moreto. Moreto is an old grape variety from the Alentejo, sister to Castelão and daughter of the Sarigo x Alfrocheiro Preto cross.
A 100% Moreto, one of the few 100% Moreto wines in Portugal. A disconcerting wine, which demonstrates the role of this grape variety in the old encepamento of the Alentejo. Freshness and power.
Planting year: 1970. Altitude: 256-267 m. Soils: Soils Granitic - Litholics Not Humic of granite origin, are poorly evolved soils, formed, sandy texture, without aggregates, slightly acid. History: Located at the southern foot of Serra d'Ossa, this place is special, you can feel it! Two streams bring the rainwater from the Serra keeping the ground cool in the torrid Alentejo heat, never lowering the water table below 5 meters.
It was here that the vineyards were formerly planted, and the place was known as the Chão dos Eremitas (Hermit's Ground), "Chão" being the old term for a flat area, and "Eremitas" referring to the Hermit monks of the Order of St. Paul. Here there is evidence of uninterrupted wine production since the 14th century, the vineyard was so important that a Papal Bull in 1397 exempts the "Pauperes Hermitas" from paying tributes (taxes) on their vineyards.
But archeology goes further, as the discovery of the only Phoenician wine amphora in the interior of the country, dating from the 8th century BC, links this place to wine about 900 years before the arrival of the Romans, in what amounts to 3,000 years of wine-related history.
The grapes are selected in a selection table, 100% destemmed, fall by gravity into the vat. Spontaneous fermentation and 35 days maceration on skins, followed by 18 months in old barrels.
Intense ruby color, medium concentration, almost ripe black fruit, with hints of woods, full attack, concentrated with good freshness and persistent structure at the end of the tasting.
Meat dishes, from a grilled entrecôte to a casserole dish.
Keep at 14ºC to be served at 16ºC and drink at 18ºC.
2399 numbered 0.75L bottles released in March 2023.