Uncondemned Medieval White 2018
Quinta do Montalto
André is always interested in experimenting with new and old methods. He is the 5th generation of winemakers at Quinta do Montalto, the farm has 15Ha of Vineyards grown with organic certification since 1997 in Clay and Chalk soils under the Lisbon DOC Encostas D’Aire. He uses ancient methods that create DOC Medieval Ourem, but also made new Portuguese Amphoras and uses the most modern low intervention techniques for his traditional range.
Very Old “backyard” vineyards in the rural areas inland North of Lisbon are condemned to be abandoned due to the ageing of the owners. The wine was a product used at their home, and commercialized locally, just like the olive oil, the vegetables, the fruit and the animals. Currently, the next generation can’t live from these products as they have employments elsewhere and no time to care for the land. So Andre, the winemaker at Quinta do Montalto, took action and in collaboration with Portuguese Story, decided to save the vines. Currently, we have 2 vineyards with 120 to 150 years old (photo attached), that have entered the Uncondemned project. Uncondemned are the wines produced from these vineyards (which would be condemned otherwise).
|Fermentation process||White juice on skins starts fermenting spontaneously in stainless steel vats. No filtration, no temperature control. It is bottled after 4 months.|
|Producer||Quinta do Montalto|
|Grape varieties||Old Vines (mostly Fernão Pires)|