Winemaker of the Year 2011 by 'Revista de Vinhos', Susana originally comes from Galicia in Spain, but made her reputation as a winemaker in the Douro in the northern part of Portugal. Her last move was to Alentejo, in southern Portugal, where she makes small quantities of hand-crafted, highly expressive wines from old vineyards.
This comes from high-elevation, old field-blend vineyards planted to Arinto, Maria Gomes, and Viosinho, all of which are expressive, local grape varieties, grown in the very special and unique terroir of the Serra de São Mamede. Part of the wine was fermented and aged in stainless steel, to retain freshness and vibrancy. The other part was aged in an old, 1200 Litre barrel, to add a little richness and complexity. The resulting wine shows an amazing range of fruit flavours, with great ripeness and weight. It is also balanced with zippy freshness and a stony, mineral texture. A delightful and versatile and truly exciting wine.