Fitapreta Branco Ancestral 2019
Fitapreta blanco es un vino de origen, un esfuerzo por revivir la antigua elaboración de los blancos en el Alentejo utilizando variedades de uvas olvidadas en la región. Algunas castas como Tamarês (sinonimia de Trincadeira das Pratas ) y Alicante branco (sinonimia de Boal de Alicante) han quedado reducidas a unas pocas hectáreas. Elaborado con la mínima intervención en bodega, expresa los aromas y sabores puros del Alentejo.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2019 Branco Ancestral is sourced from a blend of two vineyards: Vinha da Nora (20% of the blend is a 37-year-old field blend, representing the traditional source for what was the Fitapreta regular Branco) and the winery's new Vinha Chão do Eremitas (80% of the blend is sourced from this 50-year-old vineyard acquired in 2018). Given that change, the labeling of the regular Branco has now changed too—it's now the "Branco Ancestral." Same level, same function, but not the same wine any more. Aside from the 20% field blend, the wine also has 40% Roupeiro, 16% Rabo de Ovelha and 8% each of Arinto, Tamarez and Alicante Branco, unoaked but for 10% of the juice in neutral wood. It comes in at 12.5% alcohol. Beautifully done, this is looking like a good change for the winery, at least in this vintage. Spicy and with fine supporting acidity overall, this refreshing Branco is a perfect summer white. It's not particularly deep, but it is certainly refreshing, and the blend gives it a little bit of a difference in a flavor profile too, something that at times reminded me a little of a subtle Malvasia. It will be interesting to see if this can age. In the meanwhile, I'm leaning up on this a bit. There were 19,700 bottles produced.
This has an exotic nose of tropical fruit, dried citrus, spices and lemon herb butter. It’s full-bodied with tangy, mouthwatering acidity. Juicy, spiced and flavorful. Roupeiro, rabo de ovelha, antão vaz, tamarez, alicante branco and arinto. Drink now.
Made with minimal intervention and heritage varieties, this speaks of Alentejano terroir. A blend of grapes from two organic vineyards, including Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Arinto, Tamarez and Alicante Branco, it offers full, honeyed aromas, with hints of beeswax, citrus and ripe stone fruit. The vibrant, tangy palate has a mouthfilling texture, plus exuberant acidity that gives a super-crisp finish. Fresh and preserved citrus – juicy grapefruit and candied peel – over a focused mineral core.