Herdade do Rocim Amphora White 2019
The Herdade do Rocim Amphora White wine is a naturally vinified wine, golden in colour and has a complex bouquet of orange blossom together with smoky, spicy and peachy aromas, layered and creamy on the palate through to a fresh, saline finish.
Producer Note - Herdade do Rocim is an estate located between Vidigueira and Cuba, in the Lower Alentejo. It comprises 120 hectares, 70 of which are made up of vineyards and 10 hectares of olive trees. Since its inception in 2000, Herdade do Rocim has invested heavily in the vineyards, replanting vines and introducing new varieties. They are pioneers in 'amphora wines', following the ancient traditions of vinification in pots known as 'Tahla'. The vineyard is cultivated manually and minimal intervention is used in the cellar, to produce fresh, elegant and mineral wines. In 2018, Herdade do Rocim was awarded Best Wine Producer by Revista de Vinhos.
Vintage - The 2019 vintage began with a warm spring which encouraged an early bud-burst. Ideal weather during flowering stimulated good yields. The summer saw excellent ripening conditions, with warm, dry days promoting ripening and reducing the risk of disease in the vineyards. Rainfall at the end of August revitalised the vines for the final stages of ripening and the grapes picked were of excellent quality.
Vineyard - Herdade do Rocim is associated with the Sustainable Program of the Alentejo Viticulture. This wine is made from organically grown grapes; 70% of the vineyard is certified and the remaining 30% is in conversion. The estate is situated on the Vidigueira fault, a 30 mile long east-west facing escarpment which rises to 420 metres. The fault significantly influences the climate, trapping the cool, humid Atlantic winds, so despite its southern location it is one of the most temperate sub regions in the Alentejo. These cooling and humid influences descend at night, creating diurnal temperature differences of 15°C which extend the ripening period; with the warm days concentrating the flavours in the grapes, while balancing natural acidity is retained during the cool nights. The soils are of granitic and schistous origin. The grapes for this wine come from very old vineyards, made up of ancient, native varieties. The fruit was manually harvested at optimal maturity.
Winemaking - Naturally vinified without any additions or must corrections. The fruit was carefully selected, vinifying only the highest quality berries. The grapes were fermented with natural indigenous yeasts in traditional clay amphora pots known as 'Tahla'. The process took place without any intervention, including temperature control. Following fermentation the wine was aged for five months with skin contact which imparted complex aromatics to the wine. This may create a natural deposit in the bottle.
Tasting Note - This naturally vinified wine is golden in colour with a complex bouquet of smoky, spicy and herbal aromas enveloping the fruit. The Herdade do Rocim Amphora White hasg rapefruit flavours which are accompanied by a hint of tomato plant on the firm, dry and textured palate. Long and mineral finish with a touch of salinity.
Grapes: Antão Vaz 40%, Manteúdo 20%, Perrum 20%, Rabo de Ovelha 20%
Winemaker: Pedro Ribeiro & Catarina Vieira
Sub region: Alentejo
Dry/Sweet value: 1 (1 is dry, 7 is very sweet)
Residual Sugar: 0.8
Contains Sulphites: Yes