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Originally started by a group of growers, SIVIPA (Sociedade Vinicola de Palmela) is now the company name enveloping all wines made by the Cordoso family. Whilst Filipe Cordoso is in control as winemaker, the vineyards are still owned and maintained by his siblings and cousins, distributed as inheritance from previous generations.
The main winery is that of Quinta do Piloto, in Palmela. This winery, along with its concrete fermentation vessels, dates back beyond that of SIVIPA, as it has been in the Cordoso family for 3 generations.
Their 400 hectares of vines can mainly be found on the flat, sandy soils of the penisula, to the East of Palmela with the Moscatel (Muscat) grown on higher altitude sites.
The sweetness of this wine is achieved by adding grape spirit at an early stage in the fermentation process, taking the alcohol level up to 17%.
The wine displays all the hallmarks of classic muscat from Portugal. A lovely rich golden colour, it has dried fruit, caramel, spices, florals and especially citrus orange peel on the nose . The palate is sweet marmalade flavours, and the 140 g/L residual sugar is balanced by great acidity.
Delightful paired with fruity puddings or just on its own!