Musket White 2022
Current Release Wines
FRESH, YOUNG & VIBRANT
This orange wine has a straw yellow colour, and is a result of a blend of white grapes fermented with the skins with native yeasts in clay amphoras. Aromas of ripe pineapple, apricot and honey, fresh acidity, dry with mild tannins.
Wine maker notes:
Orange is the New White! This orange wine has a straw yellow colour, and is a result of a blend of white grapes fermented with the skins with native yeasts in clay amphoras. Aromas of ripe pineapple, apricot and honey, fresh acidity, dry with mild tannins.Pairing ideas: Bacalhau à Brás Birria Tacos Fried Chicken
Vidigueira, Alentejo DOC Harvest, 2 Sep 2022 – Temp 14C De-stemmed, fermented & aged in talhas (amphoras) for 8 months before bottling. Unfiltered, minimum sulfites
Alba x Aelia. The amphoras producing our Musket White
The Amphora. With a deep respect for the past, our amphora-aged wines evoke a sense of timelessness that blends seamlessly with modern tastes and sensibilities, respecting and preserving a natural winemaking technique that is artisanal, sustainable, planet-friendly and natural. In ancient times, amphoras were often referred to as ‘the mother’ because they were essential vessels for making wine. Amphoras were often decorated with images of goddesses and other powerful female figures, which further emphasized their symbolic association with motherhood and fertility. Overall, the important role that amphoras played in sustaining ancient communities led to their revered status as ‘the mother’.The design of the amphora is also ideal for wine making. It allows for the natural flow of oxygen during the fermentation process, regulating temperature and promoting healthier, more complex wines.
The Ancient 12. Our 12 amphoras are hundreds of years old and named Alba, Alelia, Diana, Latitia, Fosca, Alma, Felicia, Aurora,, Massima, Salacia, Marina and Hilaria. The ancient 12 honor the rich history of amphora winemaking in Vila de Frades and offer a unique, more personalized wine interaction and gastronomic experience for wine enthusiasts.
Alba is steeped in ancient wine traditions and cultural significance. The name “Alba” derives from the Latin word for “white,” which symbolizes the pale hues of some of the most delicate and complex white wines. In Roman mythology and history, Alba was the name of an important city and a beloved name for girls.
Aelia was a popular name among Roman women, meaning “sunshine” or “light” in Latin. The wines crafted in the Aelia vineyards were said to have a bright, lively flavor that filled the mouth with warmth and light.
Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Arinto, Viosinho. Minimal sulfites added, no commercial enzymes or other additives.
8 months in talhas (amphoras)