Fitapreta 2021 Branco Ancestral, Vinho Regional Alentejano

Item Number: 18392

UPC: 5-600301740190

Country: Portugal
Region: Alentejo
Sub Region: Alentejo
Appellation/AVA: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 2021
Type: Wine - White
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 12.5
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Calcareous clay
Elevation: 300-400 meters

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. Hand-sorted to select the very best fruit in the harvest, Fitapreta Branco is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, then racked using gravity to stainless steel tanks to age for 6 months with 10% of the juice in used French oak. The result is a layered, crystal-clear expression of terroir and fruit.

Tasting Notes: On the nose, fresh orchard and stone fruit commingle with apple skin and faint herbal notes. On the palate, good concentration and weight, with bright fresh fruit and clean acidity. Nicely focused on the finish with a pronounced chalkiness to the mineral cut.

Pairing Suggestions: Grilled fish, crudo preparations, delicately prepared seafood and shellfish.


  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (7/26/2022)

    The 2021 Branco Ancestral is sourced from a blend of two vineyards. It is a blend of Roupeiro (40%), Rabo de Ovelha (16%), Arinto (8%), Tamarez (8%) and Alicante Branco (8%), with the rest being a field blend, all aged for nine months in stainless steel (but for 10% of the juice in used French oak). It comes in very dry and at 12.9% alcohol. Fresh and textured, this is a well-constructed Branco that has elegance and balance, a dry finish and some understatement. It's not overly intense or deep, but everything works well. It should be well positioned to drink on its own or with food.