The warm spring rays are now browning your ghostly winter skin; the orange light streams in through your windows well into the early evening; the air is heavy with aromas of fresh cut grass and blooming white lilies, all signaling the perfect time to finally indulge yourself with a bottle of white wine. The big question, however, is which one?
Having come off of two months dedicated to La Rioja, and five long months of winter weather, we opened our refrigerator to a dozen bottles of white, rose and cavas, all beckoning our palates. Yet, behind the small jars of capers, deep in the way back of the refrigerator, past the Norwegian caviar, sat one bottle of Herdade Grande Colheita Seleccionada 2006. We had actually received this wine from the winemaker last summer during our unexpected whirlwind Portuguese wine tasting in Lisbon. So it was fun for us to pull this wine out from the depths of the refrigerator, enjoying some wonderful memories from our stay.
The winery itself is located approximately 5 miles from Vidigueira in the Alentejo. Owning 350 hectares of land, only 60 hectares are under vine, while the remaining 80 hectares are devoted to arboreal culture, 40 to olive groves and the rest to cow pastures. Soils are comprised of primarily red schist, varying in texture from porous to smooth and compact of which both red and white varietals are grown. Native red grapes grown are Arganoes, Trincadeira, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Grossa, Tinta Caiada, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Alicante Bouchet, among none native red varietals such as Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. As for white, they grow Antao vaz, Arinto, Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Perrum, Monteudo and Fernao Pires.
The Herdade Grande Colheita Seleccionada 2006 is made from two common white grape varieties from the Portuguese southern region of the Alentejo, Antao Vaz and Arinto, and aged for 4 months in American oak, this wine shows a creamy, citrusy bouquet, hinted with a touch of pineapple and peach aromas. In the mouth the wine is lush, with a round mouthfeel and a long, vibrant finish of butter, raw almonds and lemon peel. Simple, straightforward and ideal for a lovely spring evening.
Bodega: Herdade Grande
Grapes: Arinto, Antao Vaz
Average Price:6.30 € / 9.83 $