Varietals: Arinto, Roupeiro, Verdelho, Antao Vaz, Alicante Branco, Trincadeira-das-Pratas, Fernao Pires
Nose: Bergamot, quince, honey, tea, candied orange, marmalade, spice and petrol
Palate: Fine, grippy tannins, some granitic minerality, peach and stone fruit, saline and textured
Winemaking Notes: All varietals cofermented, pressed whole cluster, with 10-15% of the juice macerated on skins for 1 week, then reblended and fermented. Aged in stainless steel, on the lees, with full malolactic fermentation. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Producer Notes: Antonio Macanita is a well known quantity in Portugal, consulting on more than a dozen wineries other than his own. He makes wine with FitaPreta in Alentejo, as well as in the Douro and in the Azores.
Area Notes: Alentejo is typically best known for its red wines, big bold numbers made from Aragonez (the local name for Tempranillo). It is a large, sparsely populated area with huge variety in landscapes. It is also widely known for its production of cork.