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Monte das Pratas is a small white grape vineyard at an altitude of eight hundred metres, facing north-west, with an average age of seventy years, located in the village of Reguengo. The underlying idea of Dominó is to vinify plot by plot so that the very diversified nature of this beautiful region of Portalegre can be imprinted on the wine.

Vinification

2011 was a very balanced year. It rained at the right time, the spring was beautiful and the summer was very dry but without excessive heat, balanced and mild. The harvest was delayed for a week and held on 10 September. The oldest plot has three rows with about fifty plants of Moscatel Nunes. Unlike last year, this was also harvested and forms part of the batch. The pressing without destemming resulted in a sweet, acidic and herby must. It was decanted without mechanical assistance into a vat over twenty-four hours. It was then divided between three French Allier oak barrels, where it fermented without inoculation.

Tasting Notes

It remains firmly dry in the mouth, with frank acidity resulting from a warmer summer. The bouquet is surprisingly floral given the longer maturation of both Fernão Pires and the new contribution from Moscatel.

It turns out to be a surprise, a wine with such a delicate bouquet and so austere on the palate. Tasting in a glass with a narrow opening and at cooler temperatures will bring out the floral notes, while tasting in a wider-brimmed glass will leave a greater sense of freshness and minerality on the palate.

Technical Information

Producer

Vítor Hugo A. Claro

Region

Portalegre

Soil Type

Schist

Average Vine Age

Average of 70 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Branco, Moscatel Nunes, Fernão Pires, Dorinto, Tamarez, Síria, Pérola and others

Alt. from Sea Level

800

Harvest Period

9th September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

None

Fermentation

Without inoculation, in barrel

Bottled

July 2012

Ageing

10 months in used barrel

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

1.7

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.3

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.3

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.51

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

139

Production

800 bottles

Food Suggestions

Accompanies with steamed fish "à portuguesa", with potatoes and carrots. Soft cheeses half cure.

Salão Frio is a small village at 750 metres altitude in the middle of Serra de S. Mamede Nature Park. It is rich in vineyards for home consumption. The vineyard that dominates the picturesque village is about 60 years old and has two slopes. One totally facing south and the other facing north. The meeting of both combines the smoother maturation of the first with a richer maturation of the second.

Vinification

2011 was a very balanced year. It rained at the right time, the spring was beautiful and the summer was very dry but without excessive heat, balanced and mild. The harvest was delayed for a week and held on 10 September. 20% without destemming was placed at the bottom of a stainless steel vat, topped with the remaining 80% destemmed, but without the bottom layer being crushed. The idea was to promote very natural fermentation without the control of temperatures, although the vat is in a naturally cool place, and without too much and forced extraction.

It was in contact with the solids until the end of October, and was then pressed and transferred to used barrels of French Allier oak, where it remained for 15 months.

Tasting Notes

Hints of coal, schist, green fruit and vegetable aromas, typical of vines growing at altitude. Dry tannins and acidity, with the blend of old vines marking the classic and austere flavour of grapes that have not been over-ripened and with the smooth alcohol very well integrated.

Technical Information

Producer

Vítor Hugo A. Claro

Region

Portalegre

Soil Type

Schist

Average Vine Age

Average of 50 years

Grape Varieties

Alicante Bouschet, Tinta Francesa, Moreto, Castelão, Trincadeira and others

Alt. from Sea Level

800

Harvest Period

10th September

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Yes

Fermentation

Without inoculation, in stainless steel

Bottled

January 2013

Ageing

15 months in used barrels

Residual Sugar (g/dm3)

2

Alcohol (%)

12

pH

3.48

Total Acidity (g/dm3)

5.4

Volatile Acidity (g/dm3)

0.91

Free SO2 at Bottling (mg/dm3)

137

Production

800 bottles

Food Suggestions

Accompanies game dishes, such as boar, rabbit and hare.