susana estebanProcura'2013




2014/08Revista de Vinhos

Featured in the selection of the month.


Recommended by Steven Spurrier



Well integrated, smoky vanillin oak on a creamily lithe, muscular palate with crystalline grapey, lemony fruit and salty, green olive and floral nunances. Good drive and length; stony mineral finish.



The 2013 Branco Procura is revisited this issue. It has simply blossomed with time. Sourced from Portalegre, it is an Old Vines field blend (60-year-old vines from a high altitude site) aged for eight months in 5-year-old French oak. It comes in at 13% alcohol. Showing grip and power, this steely wine has hints of metal and stones–and perhaps just a bit of reduction. With no new oak, the acidity slashes through the modest wood easily and lets this preen in its concentration and intensity. Susana told me that she thinks this just might have 20 years of aging potential. Always conservative in such things and noting that the winery has no track record, let's exercise a little caution and reevaluate in time. It should hold nicely, though. Acidity preserves. There were just 1,700 bottles produced.

Two years after I have found my red wine Procura two vineyards I found a unique and exceptional new vineyard in Portalegre, a much cooler part of the Alentejo. An old mixed planting vineyard with extremely low yields located in the slopes of Sao Mamede mountain. This exceptionally fresh but intense wine is the result of the age, location and complexity of the field blend.

_ Regional Alentejano
_ Mixed planting of traditional Portuguese varieties
_ Manual harvest to 20kg boxes with selection at the cellar.
_ Started fermenting on stainless steel tanks and finished fermentation at second and third year French oak barriques.
_ 8 months at second and third years French oak barriques.
_ May 2014
_ 1700 bottles

Tasting note

Shows an intense citric character together with straw aromas. Mineral and very elegant it shows complex flavors and a strong mineral character with great acidity. Procura illustrates an elegant finish with firm acidity and great concentration.

_ 12.8
Total acidity
_ 5.8
_ 3.21
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