This is very impressive. Very much in the buttery Burgundian mould. Rich but refined white-butter notes on the nose, seamlessly melding into something quite savoury and mealy balanced with ripe melon and butterscotch and a hint of toast. Hedonistic and moreish. Beautiful balance, richness, texture, creaminess, savouriness. Like be premier cru Meursault, but with something a little more nutty.
Winemaker of the Year' 2018, 'Singularity Award' 2018, 'Revelation Producer' 2017, Wine Project of the Year 2016 - it's safe to say that Antonio Macanita's mantlepiece is under some strain. But despite the high achievements and fancy awards, there's a devil-may-care adventurousness to António Maçanita which really puts us in mind of the likes of Pieter Walser or Swartland revolutionaries Adi Badenhorst and Eben Sadie in South Africa (funnily enough, Alentejo, where Antonio makes his Fitapreta wines, has been compared to Swartland - in that it was traditionally dominated by co-operatives but recently we’ve seen an influx of small growers with old plots making really interesting and exciting wines). Like the Saffers, Antonio has sought to challenge wine lovers' expectations and make great new wines from often largely forgotten territories. He also surfs. He learned his trade at some of the world's top wineries - Rudd in Napa, D’Arenberg in Australia and Lynch-Bages in Bordeaux - before blazing a trail all over Portugal - from Douro to Alentejo to the Azores Islands. In addition to his own multi-region company, he also consults for 13 other wineries.
FROM THE PRESS
“A characterful blend of 70% Arinto, 13% Tamarez, 7% Alicante Branco, 5% Antão Vaz and 5% Verdelho, fermented and aged in 50/50 new and used French oak for 12 months. Vibrant, complex nose of ripe citrus and stone fruit, with floral and herbaceous top notes. The palate is reminiscent of white Burgundy; its textured buttery richness cut through with razor-sharp acidity. Savoury character plus zesty citrus and orchard fruit: mellow russet apple and fresh green apple. A brilliant food wine.”92/100 Decanter
“The 2018 Palpite Reserva Branco is a new blend this year, thanks to the winery's new vineyard. It is a blend of Arinto (70%, a big uptick), Tamarez (13%, a new addition) and Alicante Branco (7%, a new addition), with Verdelho and Antão Vaz comprising the rest (and collectively made into minor role players, unlike the past). It was aged for 12 months in French barrels (15% new; the rest were well used, many neutral). It is very dry (less than a gram of residual sugar) and comes in at 13% alcohol. This certainly seems like a step up on the 2017, granting that both were not here together. This also takes the 2018 Indigenas this issue, absorbs the wood far better and adds more grip on the finish. It is persistent and focused. Nicely wrought, this should age well, and it has the potential to improve.”Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate