This ambitious, modern enterprise is headed by Duarte Leal da Costa. Wines have been made here since 1998 from re-established family vineyards on two estates, Monte da Ribeira and Herdadinha. Fruit sourced only from these 160 ha, is transformed by oenologist Paulo Laureano into around 75,000 cases of consistent and characterful wine. Least expensive are the Terras d’Ervideira red and white, which are well made with ripe fruit and good structures. Both are typical Alentejo blends, the herbal, citrusy white from Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Arinto, and the bright red fruited red from Trincadeira, Aragonês and Castelão. In the Vinha d’Ervideira red the Castelão component is replaced by Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon (together making 30%) and has more depth and extract. The most ambitious of the reds is the Conde d’Ervideira Reserva from a similar blend but subject to 8 months in new oak. This needs a minimum of 5–6 years’ age in order to show its full potential. A white equivalent is 100% Antão Vaz fermented and aged in oak, its mealy, spicy character is slightly overdone but it has good fruit and structure and won’t fall apart. Also made are a series of varietal reds, including Trincadeira, Aragonez and Touriga Nacional under the Castas d’Ervideira label.
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