Menino António - Alicante Boushet da Peceguina

Country of oOrigin: Portugal

Region: Alentejo/Albernôa

Appelation: Vinho Regional Alentejano

Category: Red

Harvest: 2008

Grape Varieties: Alicante Bouschet - 100%

Vineyard área: 27 ha

Soil type: Free-draining schist soil

Winemaking: The harvest was carried out manually in 12Kg boxes during the early hours of dawn.
Our grapes followed immediately to the winery where they were subject to a rigorous screening at the table choice.
The fermentation process occured with controlled temperatures in small open fermenters where the grapes were often trodden by the traditional method.

Ageing: Later, the wine aged in new french oak barrels (225Lts) for 28 months.

Winemaker´s Notes:
In 2008, nature has blessed us with the best Alicante Bouschet so far, so we decided to bottling, thus honoring the birth of the youngest family member, António Maria.
After a perfect winemaking process where our intervention was minimal, we had discover a deep wine, complex and mysterious that allow us to travel through black fruit aromas, licorice and hints of indelible toast and freshness.
Palate: In the mouth, it reveals the perfect harmony between a muscular yet elegant wine, bulky but thin, austere but docile. The very long final, presents us with a flurry of energy and firmness, which shows a perfect wine that can be stored for many long years since keept in the appropriate conditions.

We suggest decanting and serving at a temperature between 16ºC and 18ºC.

Bottling: October 2011

Production: 2.470 Bottles of 0,75L + 300 Bottles of 1,5L + 24 Bottles of 3L

Alcool Content: 14,5%
Acidity: 5.8 g/l in tartaric acid
PH: 3.57

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