100% Tamarez, whose official name is now Trincadeira-das-Pratas. Tamarez was for many years a very important varietal in Alentejo. Daughter of the crossing between Mourisco branco (Heben) with Alfrocheiro Preto;
This 100% Tamarez, that lost his name and now is Tricandeira-das-Pratas. This wine tests the potential of one of the ancient varieties of the Alentejo vineyard.
Vineyard’s age: 51 years old.
Altitude: 256-267 m
Soils: Granitic - Non-Humic Litolics, little evolved and formed soils, sandy texture, without aggregates, slightly acidic.
Location: Southern foothills of Serra d’Ossa.
History: 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. Here is where the vine used to be planted, the Chão dos Eremitas, “Chão”, an old term for flat areas, and “Eremitas” referring to the Hermit monks of São Paulo’s order. Here, there’s evidence of uninterrupted wine production since the 14th century. XIV. The vineyard was so important that a Papal Bull in 1397 exempts the “Pauperes Eremitas” from paying taxes in their vineyards. But archeology goes further, discovering the only Phoenician wine amphora of Portugal’s inland, dating to the 8th century BC. This links this place to wine about 900 years before the arrival of the Romans, in which there are 3,000 years of history linked to wine.
Grapes under certified integrated production regime without the use of herbicides.
The grapes are harvested between 3 and 4 am, direct pressing, without sulfites until the end of fermentation, decanting after 12 hours and fermentation 50% with indigenous in old barrels and 50% controlled in stainless steel vats. 12 months ageing on primary lees without battonage.
Yellow-citrus color, intense fresh nose, citrus notes, almost pineapple, but subtle. Very fine tense attack, good texture, excellent persistence and freshness.
Wine with good acidity, texture and lots of typicality. Good with fattier fish on the grill or oven, seafood accompanied by fat textures.
Store at 6-8ºC to be served at 10ºC and drank at 12ºC.
1940 numbered bottles of 0.75L released in April 2021.