Located at the foot of Serra D’Ossa, just 35km north of Évora, Herdade da Maroteira is a 152ha estate that has been owned by the same Anglo-Portuguese family for 5 generations, since the mid-19th century. At that time Robert Reynolds invested in the Alentejo cork oak forest to meet the needs of the Port wine industry in northern Portugal. For about 150 years, in addition to cork, the estate produced mainly cattle and some olives. In 2000, Philip Mollet, current owner and manager, revolutionised the estate’s strategy and planted vines. The chosen Syrah grape variety proved to be a huge success in the form of the world-acclaimed Cem Reis wine. Later, a charming selection of reds, whites and rosés resulted from planting Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Touriga Nacional vineyards in an open valley.
Mediterranean climate with hot days and cold nights. Calcareous clay soils. Grape bunches are handpicked into 20kg boxes and direct pressed to produce a clear must which is clarified by natural settling alcoholic fermentation occurs at 12°C in 100% stainless steel vats aged in French and American oak barrels.
Pale yellow colour. Intense fresh nose with floral and citrus notes mouth. Medium-bodied with notable freshness. A rich aroma and good persistence.
This wine is suited to be matched with main dishes of fish and seafood as well as with grilled white meats.