Palpite Branco 2018
Palpite es un blanco fermentado en barrica del proyecto alentejano de António Maçanita. Palpite es también una palabra portuguesa que habla de corazonada o intuición (pálpito) y rinde homenaje a la importancia de estas sensaciones durante un proceso artesanal de vinificación. Es un blanco muy versátil, que combina riqueza y frescura gracias al blend de variedades autóctonas y al trabajo minucioso en su crianza en barrica francesa.
Viñedo y elaboración
Opinión de los críticos
The 2018 Palpite Reserva Branco is a new blend this year, thanks to the winery's new vineyard. It is a blend of Arinto (70%, a big uptick), Tamarez (13%, a new addition) and Alicante Branco (7%, a new addition), with Verdelho and Antão Vaz comprising the rest (and collectively made into minor role players, unlike the past). It was aged for 12 months in French barrels (15% new; the rest were well used, many neutral). It is very dry (less than a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 13% alcohol. This certainly seems like a step up on the 2017, granting that both were not here together. This also takes the 2018 Indigenas this issue, absorbs the wood far better and adds more grip on the finish. It is persistent and focused. Nicely wrought, this should age well, and it has the potential to improve.
A characterful blend of 70% Arinto, 13% Tamarez, 7% Alicante Branco, 5% Antão Vaz and 5% Verdelho, fermented and aged in 50/50 new and used French oak for 12 months. Vibrant, complex nose of ripe citrus and stone fruit, with floral and herbaceous top notes. The palate is reminiscent of white Burgundy; its textured buttery richness cut through with razor-sharp acidity. Savoury character plus zesty citrus and orchard fruit: mellow russet apple and fresh green apple. A brilliant food wine.