a Laranja Mecânica (2020)


2020 Orange - 750ml Bottle

Alentejo, Portugal

  • Roupeiro
  • Antão Vaz
  • Arinto
  • Verdelho
  • Alicante Branco
  • Trincadeira-das-Pratas
  • Fernão Pires

Fitapreta is António Maçanita’s estate near the ancient Roman city of Evora, located in the rolling hills of Alentejo. Since its inception in 2004, Fitapreta has pushed the boundaries of what fine winemaking can be in this region, and over the last two decades, the estate has become a benchmark for the New Portugal, earning Antonio international accolades like Winemaker of the Year, Most Unique Winemaker, and Winemaker of the Generation. Maçanita works only with indigenous varieties and showcases his estate’s terroir through exacting work: farming organically without irrigation, harvesting by hand at night, deliberate bunch sorting in the winery, and native yeast fermentation. Through his commitment to these principles, he can craft wines that represent sunny Alentejo, but which have a balance and freshness unmatched by others in the region. Maçanita finds equilibrium between tradition and modernity, and his constant exploration of vineyards has enabled him to show off a truly deep understanding of Alentejano terroir, present and past. Whether on his original estate vineyard or in his Chão dos Eremitas site, his wines always contain a through-line of elegance and purity. The broad assortment of wine styles available from Fitapreta is a testament to Antonio’s intellect, curiosity, playfulness, and rigorous attention to detail. Fitapreta has something for everyone! A Laranja Mecânica means “a mechanical orange,” and is a playful reference to Antonio’s winemaking process, which differs from the traditional method for making orange wine because he introduces a press—the “machine.”

This is an orange wine made with a distinctly Maçanita twist: instead of relying on passive skin contact, António partially presses the grapes, allowing the remaining 10-15% of juice to rest inside the skins for one week. The wine is made exclusively from the second pressing of these grapes—and still maintains vinous elegance despite this rustic and atypical technique.

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