From vines growing on low-yielding rocky schist soils, hand-picked hand-picked and hand-sorted grapes are gently whole-bunch pressed at low temperature. Cold stabilisation of the must and cool-temperature fermentation preserves the vibrant fruit and aromatic character of the wine. Ageing in stainless steel. Roupeiro, Antão Vaz, Arinto, Rabo de Ovelha, blended with almost extinct varieties like Tamarez and Alicante Branco.
Concentrated yet fresh, generously lean. A paradoxical wine (our favourite sort). Intense citrusy aromatics and a refreshing mineral briskness. Plenty of volume on the palate that builds in the mid-palate, ending with mouthwatering freshness and plenty of vibrant tongue-tingling fruit. "Full, broad palate even though the alcohol is relatively low. Really tangy and complex with excellent acidity that certainly tastes completely natural – is that the Arinto contribution? Fascinating wine with light peachiness but with structure, too. GOOD VALUE" - Jancis Robinson
'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
“Quite a deep greenish straw. Intriguing but fairly low key nose. Full, broad palate even though the alcohol is relatively low. Really tangy and complex with excellent acidity that certainly tastes completely natural – is that the Arinto contribution? Fascinating wine with light peachiness but with structure, too.”Jancis Robinson MW
“Beautifully done, this is looking like a good change for the winery, at least in this vintage. Spicy and with fine supporting acidity overall, this refreshing Branco is a perfect summer white. It's not particularly deep, but it is certainly refreshing, and the blend gives it a little bit of a difference in a flavor profile too, something that at times reminded me a little of a subtle Malvasia. It will be interesting to see if this can age. In the meanwhile, I'm leaning up on this a bit.”Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate