Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland from the coast by a gap in the coastal mountains. Soils are predominantly composed of limestone, which helps to control vine vigour and lends elegance to the wines. All of the Herdade do Peso vineyards are sustainably farmed and an on-site dam provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed, gently crushed and underwent a cold soak on the skins for three to four days prior to fermentation to extract aromatics and colour. Fermentation then took place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC with gentle pumping over to preserve the fruit flavours and extract smooth tannins. 30% of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for six months while the remainder was kept in stainless-steel tanks.The wine was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling. This wine is ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are vibrant aromas of ripe and juicy blackberries, black cherries and plums married with subtle hints of spice. On the palate it is well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a refreshing acidity. A perfect food wine with excellent structure and a lingering finish.