REGION: Estremoz / Alentejo / Portugal
CLASSIFICATION: Regional Alentejo Wine
GRAPE VARIETIES: Alicante Bouschet (45%), Trincadeira (25%), Touriga Nacional (25%) and Petit Verdot (5%).
GRAPE GROWING: Carefully selected 50-year-old vineyards producing a very low yield per vine, installed in soils of brown limestone, with schist swathes, benefiting from a Mediterranean
climate with high thermal amplitudes and hot, dry summers. After the necessary care during the growing cycle, the grapes were harvested by hand and transported to the cellar in small boxes.
WINEMAKING: The grapes are selected on the sorting table, destemming , and then the cold maceration process takes place. It is fermented in controlled-temperature tanks and trodden.
MATURING: When the malolactic fermentation has finished, the wine matures for 18 months in 1st and 2nd and year French and American oak barrels. After bottling the bottle rests for 12 months in the cellar. To preserve all its qualities this wine was not stabilised and sediments may form naturally.
TASTING NOTES: Clear wine, deep cherry color, aromas of plum, fig, dark chocolate and spices, with floral notes. Complex, structured and bulky, notes of toasted oak barrel and persistent finish, revealing the full potential of aging.
LONGEVITY: Between 20 and 30 years, if stored in a cool and dark place with the bottle lying down.
RECOMMENDED WITH: Red meat and game, strong cheeses and spicy sausages. Serve at a temperature of 16-18ºC. Decantation is recommended.
PREVIOUS HARVESTS: 2005, 2009, 2012
ALCOHOL: 15,5% vol.
TOTAL ACIDITY: 6,4 g/L
RESIDUAL SUGAR: 1,8 g/L
OENOLOGY: Luís Mira & Ricardo Constantino