This red is built around the signature grape of Alentejo, Alicante Bouschet, with important contributions from Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Alfrocheiro.
Hand-picked grapes are sorted, then destemmed and gently crushed
Light pressing by pneumatic press
A period of post-fermentation maceration follows to encourage the extraction of some tannin from the pips to complement those extracted from the grape skins
50% of the blend is aged 6 months in second and third year 400L French oak barrels.
My Tasting Note: Warm, but fresh notes of dark red, black and blue fruits like bing cherry, blackberry, and blueberry mix with crushed rocks and spice aromas. The second and 3rd-year barrels impart no wood character in the wine, instead it gives it a fleshy and open-knit structure. The palate here too is harmonious, with ample acids complementing a med+ body and med+ flavors that confirm the nose. This reminds me of something like a hybrid of a Northern Rhone, Bandol and Rioja. Very enjoyable and a lot of interest for a little red wine.
90 pts Wine Spectator Concentrated and structured, with a sleek, polished profile, offering currant and black cherry fruit interwoven with graphite, mocha and baking spice details. Plush, integrated tannins course through the finish, packed with black tea and wild rosemary elements. Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Alfrocheiro.
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