The Cooperativa Santa Isidro de Pegões is always up among the country’s top co-op’s and has an excellent portfolio of wines. It was founded in 1958 and the cooperative is made up of 140 winegrowers and has access to over 1100 hectares of vineyard located in the Terras do Sado area of the Setúbal peninsula.
This coastal area benefits from mineral-rich sandy soils and cooling Atlantic winds. Santo Isidro de Pegões is one of the most forward thinking cooperatives in Portugal and their chief winemaker, Jaime Quendera one of Portugal’s most respected winemakers.
This is a blend of native Fernão Pires, Antão Vaz grapes together with a small amount of Verdelho, Arinto and Chardonnay which is fermented and aged for three months in French and American oak barrels.
The result is a full flavoured wine with fruity aromas of orange blossom, ginger and creamy ripe fruits which work in harmony with the oak spice.
Rich and opulent on the palate with a creamy vanilla spice, it has a persistent, elegant finish.
Grapes: Fernão Pires 30%, Antão Vaz 25%, Verdelho 25%, Arinto 10%, Chardonnay 10%
A food-friendly drop, it would really sing next to roasted chicken with bread sauce.