Fitapreta Touriga Vai Nua
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“O Rei vai nua!” “The king goes naked!” Antonio Maçanita, the jester behind the curtain, likes to keep things traditional with an irreverent wink, and in the process creates wines that are both classic and completely new. A Touriga Vai Nua, or “The Touriga Goes Naked,” is one of these very playful wines. He takes the warmth and ripeness of the Alentejo fruit and uses it to great effect in this fresh yet lush expression of Portugal’s king of grapes, Touriga Naçional. In a word, this wine shows why Antonio’s winemaking is so special. Like all the wines from Fita Preta, this is unapologetically of and from the terroir of the Alentejo -- warm, lush, ripe fruit -- but by doing a partial carbonic maceration, whole cluster fermentation, and a mere 3 month elevage in stainless steel, he creates an expression of Touriga that is fresh, light on its feet, and extremely versatile. This, as he says, is “Touriga as only winemakers have tasted it,” before it sees any wood or further adulteration. An unmitigated look at terroir and varietal.
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?
This is an expression of Portugal’s most well-known grape, Touriga Naçional, that manages to be both evocative of the terroir of the Alentejo and a uniquely fresh take on the “king of Portugal.” Carbonic maceration and careful attention to maintenance of acidity give this wine a beautiful duality.
2019 90WA; 2018 89WE; 2015 90 WA
100% Touriga Naçional. Sustainably grown vines on average 30 years old . Tended in Schist rocky soil at 300-400 m (984 -1,312 ft) elevation.
This is a versatile wine. The lush fruit profile pairs very well with roasted and grilled meats, but the low alcohol levels and lack of oak tannin make it a fine pair for lighter fare like charcuterie and cheese.
VINIFICATION AND AGEING:
30 day maceration with spontaneous wild yeast fermentation. Cold stabilized, and racked to stainless steel for 3 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:
The Alentejo is a large region in southeastern central Portugal, which is one of the agricultural centers of the country. The climate is Atlantic-Mediterranean, with significant diurnal-nocturnal temperature differences. This temperature range produces fruit with a natural combination of maturity and freshness. The Alentejo sees 3,000 hours of annual sunshine and 600mm of annual rainfall, less than 15% of which falls during the growing season. These vineyards are planted to rocky schist at 300-400m elevation asl.
Dark purple. On the nose, fresh boysenberry, blackberry, plum and blueberry are commingled with a ferrous mineral note and sauvage notes of beef blood, anise and rose petals. On the palate, intense and lush, but light on its feet. The blue and black fruit are framed beautifully by fresh flowers and slate-tinged mineral. Finishes long, with a whiff of white pepper.