O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2018
Clear straw yellow wine with aromas of tropical notes, mango, papaya, floral nuances, light toast (without overlapping this complex bouquet). In the mouth, it has a very fine taste, wine in which the wood is in balance with the wine, soft smoky notes, silky texture, very light, volume well achieved in a very subtle wine. Finishes with medium length, enough for delicate dishes.
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.Winemaking: Manual harvest in 12 kg boxes during the early hours of August. After a period of 12 hours of cold skin maceration, the wine fermented in French oak barrels for a period of 21 days at a controlled temperature. At the end of the fermentation the wine was subjected to a daily battonage for five months. Aging of 4 months in the bottle.
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.