Quinta da Pedra Alta QPA Prova 5
Style/ Colour White
Grape varieties Donzelinho Branco, Gouveio and Viosinho
The producer Quinta da Pedra Alta is located in Soutelinho-Favaios near Alijó in the Pinhão Valley, between 230 and 550m above sea-level. Attracted by its long pedigree, the current owners (a British businessman and his wife) acquired Quinta da Pedra Alta in 2018. Pedra Alta means high stone and the estate lays claim to being the only one with three feitoria or ‘Marcos Pombalinos’ - the 335 marker stones used to demarcate the original boundaries for Port vineyards. I was introduced to the wines by the Australia-based winemaker, Matt Gant who made his name at St Hallett, then First Drop, with excellent Barossa wines. In 2007 he worked vintage in Alentejo, becoming fast friends with Pedra Alta’s resident winemaker, João Pires. Having worked with Portuguese varieties at St Hallett and First Drop, Gant now works with the real deal; he and Pires are having a ball!
The vineyard/ winemaking From the Forcadas vineyard at 480-520m on schist soils, to all intents and purposes, this is a single varietal wine with 98% Donzelinho Branco, 1% Gouveio and 1% Viosinho (all local grapes). Amazingly given the flavour intensity, the Donzelinho Branco was only grafted onto 15-year-old Fernão Pires vines in 2019, producing its first crop in 2020. Prized for its acidity, the plan was to blend Donzelinho Branco into the estate’s whites but it was so good in 2020, Gant and Pires let it fly solo. QPA Prova 5 might be a one off....The grapes were picked early (3rd September), whole bunch pressed, wild fermented in stainless steel. Unoaked, the goal is a pure, fresh expression.
Tasting notes The flute-shaped bottled is a dead give-away. Dry, the palate is all crystalline minerality, thirst-slaking lemon and lime, with pronounced salinity and a lick of orange pith and bay leaf in the tail. It’s the perfect match for fresh shucked oysters. If you’re a fan of Picpoul de Pinet from the Languedoc like me, you’ll love this. Just 650 bottles made. 12% Drink 2022-2025+
(Tasting notes by Sarah Ahmed)
Food Pairing Pair it with oysters, seafood mussels marinheira, feta and tomato salad
Serving recommendations Serve at a temperature of 7 to 9ºC
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