Quinta do Piloto, Vinha Dos Pardais White
Citric colour with green reflection with tropical aroma seasoned with light vegetable hint of green asparagus. Vibrant and fresh acidity, mineral notes and slight vegetable, denoting characteristics of Atlantic Terroir. The wine was made very simply in stainless steel to retain vibrancy and freshness of fruit from a single vineyards area, named Vineyard of Sparrows after the local inhabitants.
Ideal with seafood, grilled fresh fish such as lemon sole, tempura prawns, smoked salmon and white meats or as an aperitif.
Enthusiastic believers in the unique qualities of Castelao, Raymond Reynolds and Felipe Cardoso (winemaker) collaborated to make this wine. Quinta do Piloto is a long-standing family estate in the Penisula de Setubal. Their estate property and winery in Palmela, including their rare, concrete autofermenters, is run by 3rd generation winemaker and owner, Filipe Cardoso. The majority of the estate's vineyards are located on the flat, sandy soils of the peninsula, to the East of Palmela. Here they have some fantastic (and some very old) Castelao. They also have some higher altitude sites, on north-facing, limestone soils, at the eastern end of the Sierra da Arrabida, surrounding Quinta do PIloto. Quinta do Piloto were one of the founding members of the Palmela Wine Company (formally known as SIVIPA), and although they are now venturing forward with their own estate wines.