Herdade do Peso Sossego Alentejo Branco
Situated in the south of the Alentejo, in the commune of Vidígueira, the Herdade do Peso estate covers a total of 457 hectares. On the estate are 160 hectares of vineyard planted on gently rolling hills, a new eco-friendly winery, an on-site reservoir and remarkable olive groves which date back to Roman times.
Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland by a gap in the coastal hills. The limestone soils of the estate also lend elegance to the wines. The vineyards are planted predominantly to red varieties, with just eight hectares planted to white varieties. A lot of work has gone into mapping the 12 different soil types on the estate and each variety is matched to its ideal plot.
The talented Luís Cabral de Almeida, who has a post-graduate degree from Australia’s Charles Sturt University and worked for many years in the Finca Flichman winery in Mendoza, leads the winemaking team. Luís is very involved in the management of the Herdade do Peso vineyards and believes that “the oenologist’s primary role is to interpret nature”. The Herdade do Peso wines reflect the unique sense of place of Vidígueira, they are exuberant, ripe and generous, yet kept in balance by a refreshing acidity.
‘Sossego’ translates as ‘tranquillity’ and evokes the peaceful Alentejo countryside. The white is a blend of Antão Vaz, Arinto and Roupeiro. Unoaked, it is fresh and vibrant with bright citrus and stone fruit aromas. The rosé blends Aragonez, Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira grapes, harvested early to retain a refreshing acidity. The red combines Aragonez (Spain’s Tempranillo) with Syrah and Touriga Nacional. Aged for six months in used French oak barrels, it marries ripe and juicy red and black fruit flavours with a subtle spiciness.