|Goes well with||Aperitif (on its own), Barbecue, Cheeses, Cold Meats, Duck, Fish, Pork, Roast Chicken, Salmon, Seafood, Spicy food, Summer Salads, Thai food|
|Grape type||Antao Vaz|
|Drinking style||Soft, round, elegant|
Located in Albernoa, in the South of Alentejo, Herdade da Malhadinha Nova is a high quality project which aims to develop, in a thorough and professional way, the traditional sectors of the Portuguese economy.
In one of the less developed regions of Alentejo, innovation and quality were priorities on this 200 hectare project that includes production of wine, raising certified animals such as black pigs and pure blood Alentejo cattle, and soon a rural tourism resort.
Herdade da Malhadinha Nova project was born in 1998, when the family bought the estate. Their dream was to see the vineyards growing and produce a wine which we wanted to be different and of very high quality, so that it would amaze those whoever taste it. The dream was conquered with hard work under the supervision of a prestigious and very experienced wine maker, Luis Duarte.
In 2000 the vineyard was planted and the selection of the varieties (national and international) was very carefully made. The perfect weather conditions, the poor slate soils and the gentle well drained slopes of the property together with the careful selection of varieties (touriga national, aragonês, trincadeira, alicant boushet, syrah, cabernet sauvignon, alfrocheiro for the reds and arinto, roupeiro, Antão Vaz and Chardonnay for the whites) make up the terroir of Malhadinha Nova Estate and result in unique characteristics for the production of a wine with lots of character and great quality.
The Malhadinha winery gathers many original features for the production of the highest quality wines. Located right next to the vineyard, the winery was built on a hillside, allowing vital steps of the winemaking process to occur by gravity. With a production capacity of 150 thousand litres per year, this small production is the result of a hard green harvest: the grapes are all hand harvested and placed in 12 kg small boxes. After they are rigorously selected and fermented in refrigerated open fermenters. A selection of the best new technology combined with traditional techniques ensures that the wines truly reflect the quality of the vineyard. The barrel room is excavated deep into the hillside to provide perfect conditions for maturing red wines.
Luis Duarte, winemaker and friend of the family, has accompanied the project from the beginning. His great professional career is related with Herdade do Esporão where Luís was elected the winemaker of the year. Currently, Luis with the help of a young resident winemaker, who already has an interesting international experience, guarantees the quality and distinction of Herdade da Malhadinha Nova wines. Manuel Letras da Cruz is the viticultural consultant at Herdade da Malhadinha Nova, has been brought in to apply is valuable know-how to the Malhadinha Vineyards and maximise the unique conditions available for the production of premium wines with personality. The elegance, complexity and intense fruit flavours reflect their respect for nature and all the passion and dedication that goes into creating Malhadinha Nova wines.