Juicy and approachable. Bright red and black fruits on the nose and palate. There is a surprisingly good spine of acidity and a touch of tannic structure. Notes of ripe raspberry, black cherry and mocha, with some cooling menthol and a touch of baking spices on the long finish. Try this with a hearty stew, or perhaps some pulled pork.
Alicante Bouschet, also known in some parts of Portugal as Tinta Francesca, is a crossing between Grenache and Petit Bouschet. Able to withstand hot days without becoming overripe, it is a red fleshed variety known for giving elevated alcohol levels and having tremendous amounts of juice on the flesh. Touriga Nacional adds the structure and elegance to the juicy Alicante.
Alentejo covers about a third of all of Portugal! The most popular source for Portuguese red wines, it is demarcated by 8 different sub-regions. The weather tends to be extremely hot during the summer growing season, with cold winters. There are differing soil types, predominantly schist and granite, but there are also some areas with a large amount of limestone. The area is hilly throughout, but also encompasses the São Mamede mountain range on the border with neighbouring Spain.
Old vine vineyards in the south of Alentejo. Clay and schist soils underneath barren, rocky terrain. These vineyards are farmed biodynamically with care taken to preserve the ecological diversity.
Grapes were hand-harvested during the cool evenings in early September. Co-fermented. with indigenous yeasts in stainless steel, followed by 12 months in aged French oak.