70% Arinto, 13% Tamarez, 7% Alicante Branco, 5% Antão Vaz and 5% Verdelho.
Palpite is a barrel fermented, reserve quality white wine produced from a selection of the best vineyards blocks every vintage. Palpite is a Portuguese word meaning a good hunch or intuiton and is an acknowledgement the importace of these feelings in the craftt of winemaking. The wine combines richness with freshness derived from the blend of native grapes varieties and by fermenting and skillful aging in small French barrels.
Golden straw color, intense, complex nose with hints of spice, grapefruit and cream. The mouth-feel has fullness and texture from the barrels. Overall the wine presents a fine balance of intense richness and acidity that extends into a persistent finish. A gastronomic white that contrasts powerful elements of richness with freshness, spice and creaminess making it a highly versatile food wine that has the body and texture to enable it to combine equally well with baked fish in a rich sauce and possesses the naturally high acidity to make a good match for lighter fish and shellfish.
Store at 6-8ºC and serve at 10ºC to drink at 12ºC.
10.584 bottles released in October 2018.
The emphasis is on careful selection and gentle fruit handling to optimize the extraction of desirable aroma and textural components. All bunches are inspected for quality on a sorting table before they are gently whole-cluster pressed at low temperature. Suspended soils are allowed to settle naturally before fermenting 100% of the juice at 12ºC in 50% new French oak barrels. Malolactic fermentation is permitted in 10% of barrels. Ageing for 12 months, 100% in barrel with regime of frequent lees stirring.
Grown in an inland-Mediterranean climate characterized by hot days and cold nights, the vineyards are on infertile soils naurally producing low yields of concentrated fruit. Grape quality is assured by restricting yield to below 7000kg/ha and utilizing precision canopy management practices. At harvest the grapes are selectively hand-picked into small boxes at the peak of their maturity.