Agricultura is a blend of 30% Touriga Nacional, 40% Trincadeira and 30% Aragonez (AKA Tempranillo). Like the Vera Vinho Verde, this wine was made by Luis Duarte, a Portuguese winemaker of much renown. The grapes are selected from a 42-hectare plantation on the Herdade Monte da Ribeira, a farm located in the coolest and most mountainous sub-zone of the Alentejo region. Alentejo is a large growing region which takes up almost the entire southern third of the country. The climate here is Continental-Mediterranean, marked by low rainfall, semi-arid growing conditions and high daytime temperatures. The grapes are grown on sedimentary loam using sustainable farming methods. After a late summer harvest, vinification proceeds in stainless steel vats and the wine is bottled unfined under a Stelvin closure.
Agricultura's most marked characteristic is its freshness. The wine comes in at a very manageable 13.5% ABV and exhibits an appealing combination of red and dark berry fruits, lifted herbal aromas and flavors and persistent acidity. Served with a nice chill, this wine is eminently quaffable with a sneaky complexity that is rare at this price point.