Alteia Reserve White 2019

7,50 €

The colour is bright green citrus, a strong aroma of lime and white fruits. In the mouth, it is very pleasant, fresh, balanced, persistent with a steady and progressive growth as the wine releases its aromas.

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Producer Producer: Fausto J. Montenegro V. Cardoso
Oenology: João Silva e Sousa
Region Douro DOC
Grapes Viosinho, Gouveio and Rabigato
Soil The grapes come from a vineyard located in the demarcated region of the Douro at medium altitude (400m) on the south bank of the Douro River, on schist soils, slopes with a medium slope, predominantly oriented to the Northwest and West. Cool mornings and warm afternoons, temperate climate. The vineyard is cultivated in Integrated Production system, using environmentally friendly techniques, with the minimum possible amount of agrochemicals and consequently low yields per hectare.
Winemaking The harvest is manual, followed by careful winemaking. Pressing the grapes immediately after harvesting in a pneumatic press, clarifying by cold, decanting by gravity to extract the lees and impurities, followed by slow fermentation with temperature control in stainless steel vats.
Aging Aging is on fine lees, in stainless steel tank with batonnage.
Capacity 750ml
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 13,5%
Temperature 7ºC - 9ºC
Harmonizations Oysters, grilled fish, white meat and half-cured cheese.

Fausto J. Montenegro Vieira Cardoso
“Shortly before I was due to retire I inherited and purchased three parcels of land in the Douro valley planted with vines and olive trees.

After my studies in agronomy at the University of Lisbon (ISA) and many years abroad, where I have followed closely and with great interest the economy of the vine and wine in Europe and around the world, I could not bring myself to sell the few pieces I had walked as a child, in the company of my father and uncles who lived from the vines.. Despite the difficult location with neither well-known wines nor a family wine-making tradition (it had been lost with the advent of cooperative wineries, I decided to take action to enhance the value of the wine and olive oil production from these parcels.”

The vineyards cover almost 10 ha, 6 ha newly planted, and 4 hectares of very old vines which will need replanting shortly. The first parcel is located in Penajóia, Lamego municipality and the other two in Alvações do Corgo (municipality of Santa Marta Penaguião). The wines, produced from these two parcels are being bottled since 2010, are produced mainly from grapes from the old vines. The former (Penajóia) starts the production with the 2013 vintage. The beginning of the production saw many problems and surprises, but the wines ended up seeing the light of the day. They were made to express as closely as possible the expression characteristics of the different parcels. All our work, from the vineyard to the cellar, was aimed at making wines that are the true expression of the grapes grown in those vineyards, where we seek to achieve the best from the vine, the soil, and the environment generally.

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