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Periquita
Original
Description
A blend of native Portuguese grapes, Castelão, Trincadeira and Aragonês (Tempranillo) from the Setubal Peninsula, this wine is fruity with great acidity and balance.
CountryPortugal
RegionSetubal Peninsula
Grape Varieties74% Castelao, 14% Trincadeira, 12% Aragones (Tempranillo)
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BackgroundPeriquita is renowned for being Portugal's first ever bottled red. That's where its originality comes from. For more than 160 years, this landmark wine from the southwestern coast of Portugal has been a welcome guest at the tables of discerning wine drinkers and an international ambassador for fine Portuguese wines. Created by Jose Maria da Fonseca in 1850, Periquita is made primarily from the Castelão grape, an indigenous variety that thrives in southern Portugal and, originally ushered into the public eye by J.M. da Fonseca, has become nearly synonymous with the highly regarded wines of this historic producer. Periquita is now the oldest brand of Portuguese table wines, having acquired widespread popularity over the years in Portugal and considerable brand awareness in export markets such as Sweden, Brazil, the UK, the USA, Canada, Denmark and Norway. Today, it represents the NEW Portugal.
VinificationFermentation lasts for about 7 days at 28ºC, maintaining full skin contact; the wine is then aged five months in new and used oak barrels.
ColorDark ruby
NoseWild berries, raspberries, mint, strawberries and vanilla
PalateMedium-bodied, fruity, soft, and well balanced with a long, smooth finish
AnalysisAlcohol: 13 %pH: 3.63TA: 4.95 g/l
Serving SuggestionsServe at room temperature. Excellent with red meat, turkey and other white meats, and cheeses.