O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2017
Violet and opaque wine. Its aroma is still closed, but with airing it reveals notes of ripe berries, leather, resin, graphite and indicating that we will have wine for many years to come. In the mouth, it is a balanced wine, with totally untamed tannins, velvety texture and full bodied. Finishes with very good length.
Climate: Typically mediterranean and set in the sub-region of Vidigueira, where the climatic conditions are the most temperate of Alentejo and provide an excellent microclimate for the production of quality wines. Soil: Poor land, predominantly of granite and schist. Great pedological potential for the cultivation of vines and for obtaining quality wines.Vinification: After passing through the cold chamber, the grapes were subjected to careful selection on a vibrating mat, followed by full destemming and very slight crushing of the berry. The fermentation of the grape varieties occurred separately in a French oak vat in a hand-press mill at controlled temperatures for one period of 11 days. The wine aged in French oak barrels for a period of 16 months.
Susana Esteban was born at Tui, northern Spain. She has a degree at Chemestry by Santiago de Compostela University and a master degree at Enology by La Rioja University. She started working as a winemaker at Quinta do Côtto, Douro, in 1999. In 2002 she moved to Quinta do Crasto, also in the Douro valley, where she worked as winemaker until 2007. Since 2007 she has worked as a consultant for several Alentejo wineries including Tiago Cabaço wines, Herdade do Barrocal, Monte dos Cabaços and Monte da Raposinha. Throughout her career she managed to accumulate a fair share of awards. In 2012 she managed to receive the award of “Best winemaker of the Year” by Revista dos Vinhos, being the only female winemaker to receive so far such an award. At the end of 2009 Susana Esteban decided to establish herself as a wine producer starting her personnel project. She decided to make wines full of character in a slightly different style of the Alentejo traditional way.