Fitapreta 2017 Branco de Talha, Alentejo DOC
Item Number: 13699
Sub Region: Alentejo
Appellation/AVA: Alentejo DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 70% Roupeiro / 30% Arinto Vaz
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Soil Type: Rocky schist
Elevation: 1640 feet
Case Production: 220
Terroir Notes: The Alentejo is a large region in southeastern central Portugal, which is one of the agricultural centers of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature differences. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of maturity and freshness. The Alentejo sees 3000 hours of annual sunshine and 600mm of annual rainfall, less than 15% of which falls during the growing season.
Winemaking Notes: This is a traditional Alentejo white blend aged in Talha, or Amphora, as a tribute to the ancient tradition of winemaking in this part of Portugal. Hand-sorted to select the very best fruit in the harvest, Fitapreta Branco da Talha is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts using whole clusters in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to 1000L amphora for 28 days, then transferred to stainless steel for another 6 months.
Tasting Notes: In the glass, the Branco de Talha is a brilliant shade of yellow-gold. On the nose, powerful earth, mineral and honey notes lead the way for focused aromas of green apple, lemon, and unripe mango. On the palate, broad and weighty. Earthy, flinty mineral notes lead the way again here, with high-toned, Chablis-like orchard and stone fruit in the mid palate. The schist shows through on the finish, lending an interesting juxtaposition of finesse with the weight.
Pairing Notes: Pair with roast chicken with wild mushrooms; richer seafood stews and braises.