New harvests of the vinhos de quinta (quinta wines) from Casa Relvas are already available on the market, produced exclusively from Herdade São Miguel grapes. The wines ‘Herdade São Miguel Colheita Selecionada 2018 White’, ‘Herdade São Miguel Colheita Selecionada 2018 Rosé’, and the single vine variety ‘Herdade São Miguel Sauvignon Blanc 2018’ are the result of an unusual year.
“In the Alentejo – and in this vineyard planted in clayish soils derived from shale and surrounded by a forest of cork trees – the winter was very dry and not very cold, followed by a mild and very rainy spring with a very unusual pressure of mildew. In summer, temperatures were lower than the average in recent years, and maturation turned out to be later than usual. The wines are very fresh and aromatic as result of these atypical conditions”, reports Casa Relvas.
“The harvest of 2018 – the longest I can remember – was without doubt the best vintage of white and rosés in Casa Relvas”, says Alexandre Relvas, adding that “the white and rosés wines of 2018 are wines with a great aromatic intensity, a lot of freshness and I’m sure they will gain a lot of complexity over time”.
The ‘Herdade São Miguel Colheita Selecionada 2018 Branco’, composed of the varieties Antão Vaz, Verdelho, Viognier, is presented as having a “complex aroma of tropical fruits and white flowers with notes of butter and coconut, and a fresh, fine acidity palate and pronounced body”.
The ‘Herdade São Miguel Colheita Selecionada 2018 Rosé’, also fresh and mineral, with intense and involving palate, has an aroma of tropical fruits and red fruits, conferred by the Aragonez, Syrah and Touriga Nacional varieties.
As for the single vine variety ‘Herdade São Miguel Sauvignon Blanc 2018’, presents “a fresh taste and fine acidity palate, is a mineral and harmonious wine, long end, characterized by a complex aroma of tropical fruits, grass and green asparagus”.
Casa Relvas – the agricultural project until 2017 known as Casa Agrícola Alexandre Relvas – had its beginning in 1997, two years after Alexandre Relvas acquired the Herdade de São Miguel, near São Miguel de Machede, in Redondo, Alentejo. But the tradition of the Relvas family in the agricultural world dates back to five generations.