Herdade do Peso Colheita Red 2013 is a delicious red, typical of the Alentejo. The Herdade do Peso range is an exuberant, enticing collection of wines whose flavours, aromas and colours are a delightful reflection of their very special place of birth.
Vibrant colour, ruby/violet. An intense aroma is dominated by wild red and black berries, with hints of herbs. Its a smooth, rich, full-bodied wine, with elegant tannins. The acidity is well balanced and the finish long and very complex.
In the Alentejo, the 2013 vintage began with a very rainy winter. So, as the growing season started, groundwater was plentiful, contributing to excellent leaf development. Spring temperatures, a little lower than normal, delayed bud-burst and made for a long, spread-out vintage. Nevertheless, the dry weather in the final stages helped produce grapes of excellent aromatic quality and natural acidity, and very good phenolic maturity.
WINEMAKER: Luis Cabral de Almeida
VARIETIES: 55% Syrah, 25% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Touriga Nacional
Vinified at Herdade do Peso, with grapes from selected plots. After tasting and analysis, the grapes were picked at the perfect point of ripeness of phenolic and aromatic constituents, as well as sugar and acidity. They were destemmed and gently pressed. The maceration and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at a controlled temperature of 28oC for about two weeks. When it was judged on tasting to have reached the desired balance, the juice was run off and the skins were gently pressed.
After the malolactic fermentation, the wines were transferred to 1 and 2-year-old French and Caucasian oak barrels, where they remained for around 12 months. The final blend was made based on tasting assessments during the maturation period. It was lightly fined and filtered before bottling. In order to preserve its quality, the wine was bottled without cold stabilisation. It may thus throw a slight deposit if aged in bottle.
It can be drunk 3 months after bottling, reaching its peak 2 or 3 years later. It should ideally be drunk soon after opening. Herdade do Peso Colheita should be stored on its side in a cool, dark, dry place.
Serve ideally at between 16oC-18oC.
Herdade do Peso Colheita Red 2013 is an elegant, well-balanced wine that makes a perfect partner for meat dishes and mild cheeses, although it is also smooth enough to drink on its own, perhaps before a meal.