Aplanta 2017 Red Wine Blend, Vinho Regional Alentejano
Item Number: 12313
Sub Region: Alentejo
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Grape(s): 70% Aragonez / 30% Alicante Bouschet
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 14
Soil Type: Sandy and loim soil
Elevation: 850 ft
Case Production: 3,300S
Altenejo, a subregion in the south of Portugal, is one of the more arid growing area in Western Europe. The Mourao sub-region has no highways or airports, and its people were determined to continue a rustic, agrarian existence until the the finalization of the Alqueva Dam in 2004. A huge and controversial project, the "Barragem de Alqueva" is today the biggest artificial lake in Europe, and is a reservoir and irrigation source for a large area of the Alentejo.
When the reservoir was planned the government faced a difficult decision. The old village of Aldeia da Luz (Village of Light) was below the proposed water-line of the planned reservoir, but the benefits that the project would bring were such that the village could not be spared. Would they relocate people to the nearest town' Perhaps disperse the 300-odd residents around the local villages' After consultation with the villagers the authorities undertook what is considered to be a unique resettlement plan: they rebuilt Luz a couple of kilometres away on higher ground. This relocation included planting both a 200 hectare olive grove and a 83 hectare vineyard that today belong to and are farmed by the 74 permanent denizens of the village. It is from here that the fruit for Aplanta comes, showcasing the lush, warm flavors and easy-going style of Alentejo reds.
Winemaking Notes: The fruit for Aplanta coms from this community vineyard, grown on vines planted in 2002, creating a liquid link between the person enjoying this wine and the story of Aldeia da Luz and its people. In order to conserve the fruit's flesh flavor and aroma, grapes were quickly pressed after harvest, and then put through a pre-fermentative, temperature controlled "cold soak" on for 3 days. The wine was then racked in french oak barrels for fermentation and aging.
Tasting Notes: On the nose, lush blueberry, plum and red cherry aromas, overlaid with slate mineral. On the palate, a core of red cherry and blueberry fruit is wrapped with hints of fresh tobacco, black pepper and spice. Plush and refreshing all at once. Pair with grilled meat, as well as charcuterie and sharp cheeses.