Grapes: 70% Roupeiro, 30% Anatão Vaz. Regions: Portugal> Alentejo. Notes: Aged in amphora, natural wine (Raw). Vegan-friendly (clay fining).
Description: The winemaker Antonio Macanita returned home to his native Portugal after winemaking stints in Napa, Australia and France - most notably Chateau Lynch Bages. Fitapreta Branco da Talha is spontaneously fermented with indigenous yeasts using whole clusters. It is then racked into 1000L amphora vats (only juice, no skins) to ferment.
On the nose the wine displays powerful earth, mineral and honey notes that lead the way for focused aromas of green apple, lemon, and unripe mango. A broad and weighty palate shows earthy, flinty mineral notes, with high-toned, Chablis-like orchard and stone fruit on the mid palate. The schist shows through on the finish, lending an interesting juxtaposition of finesse and weight.