Antão Vaz

The Antão Vaz caste is one of the most important caste varieties of the Alentejo. The Antão Vaz caste expresses itself with greater eloquence in Vidigueira, having gained such a reputation for complexity and wisdom that it was catapulted into regional stardom.

It’s a consensual, rustic caste, but well adapted to the hot and sunny climate of the great plains, consistent and productive, with a predictable and consistent way of maturing. It has voluminous and averagely compact clusters, with large grapes and a tough skin. As a rule, they originate structured, full-bodied and robust wines. Unique wines announce exuberant aromas, with notes of ripe tropical fruit, tangerine peel and mineral suggestions, with a structured and dense body. When harvested early, it provides vibrant wines in aroma, tempered by a firm acidity. If left on the vine, it can achieve a high alcoholic degree, making it a good candidate for ageing in wooden barrels. It is regularly associated with the Roupeiro and Arinto castes, which adds a refreshing acidity to it.

When harvested early, it provides vibrant wines in aroma, tempered by a firm acidity.

Wines that are generally of a light citric colour and medium intensity present great finesse and complexity, where mature tropical fruit notes stand out; of a high alcohol content, in the mouth – the wines are soft, slightly acidulous and structured, with a persistent and harmonious end.

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