Pegões, 'Fontanário de Pegões' Red, Palmela 2016

Pegões, 'Fontanário de Pegões' Red, Palmela 2016


A smooth and juicy wine with a lovely combination of lavender and herbs complemented by caramel and raspberry ripple on the palate.

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Vintage - 2016

Country - Portugal

Region - Palmela

Grape Varieties - Castelão 80%, Cabernet Sauvignon 10%, Touriga Nacional 10%

Alcohol by volume - 13.5%

Bottle - 75cl

Santo Isidro de Pegões was founded in 1958. The cooperative is made up of 140

winegrowers and has access to over 1,100 hectares of vineyard located in the Terras

do Sado area of the Setúbal peninsula. This coastal area benefits from mineral-rich

sandy soils and cooling Atlantic winds. Santo Isidro de Pegões is one of the most

forward thinking cooperatives in Portugal and their chief winemaker, Jaime

Quendera one of Portugal's most respected winemakers. In 2017 they were

awarded the Portuguese Wine Producer of the Year Trophy from the IWSC.

The 2016 season started off with a dry and warmer winter than in average years,

followed by a cold spring. Heavy rain during the early summer replenished the water

reserves in the soil, ready for the warm summer that followed. The grapes reached

good maturity with balanced acidity and sugar levels.

The Pegões vineyard is located between two Nature Reserves: the Tagus estuary to

the Northwest and the Sado on the Southwest. To the east are the Arrabida hills and

to the west the Alentejo province's clays. The unique soil here is named "Pliocenico

de Pegões". It is a sandy soil formed over millions of years by sand transported by the

rivers Tagus and Sado. It is this Mediterranean climate and soil combination that

creates this unique Pegões terroir.

The grapes were macerated for an extended period to extract colour, fine tannins

and flavours. This was followed by a temperature controlled fermentation in stainless

steel tanks. The wine was then aged for nine months in American and French oak

barrels, with a further six months in bottle, before being released.

Intense aromas of red berries, spice and a hint of vanilla while young, evolving later

into aromas of dried fruits, chocolate, spices and coffee. A well structured and

smooth wine with a soft and fruity mouthfeel, complemented by attractive coffee

notes on the lingering finish. A great match for a cured ham or slow roasted pork belly.