Red Wine Reserve from the Alentejo
Red Wine Reserve
This it’s a very special red wine reserve, produced with the noble grapes given by the vineyard in the Alentejo region. This wine it’s produced from a fantastic blend of wine grapes with Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon, from grapes born in the plains of the Alentejo.
Red wine Reserve with one fabulous red garnet color.
The aroma is complex and deep wild plums, with spices and hint of the wood used to mature the wine.
In the palate is elegant and distinct, with long persistent.
Please enjoy this wine at a temperature between 16/17 °C
Some wine paring food ideas:
Lamb roasted in the wood oven also accompanied by potatoes baked in the oven, Game dishes, Grilled beef put (good Ox meat), Feijoada (bean stew with pork and cabbage from the garden), the all times Portuguese favorite Portuguese “Cozido a Portuguesa”, one traditional Portuguese “Feijoada”, etc.
ABV: 14.5% Vol.
Varieties: Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
Region: North Alentejo - Portugal
Soil type: Granite derived
Type: Manual/Hand picking
Fermentation: Stainless steel tanks with controlled temperature
Maturation: Twelve months in French oak barrels
Despite not being an indigenous Portuguese grape variety, Alicante Bouschet is so deep-rooted in Alentejo collective patrimony that it is often assumed to be Portuguese. In fact it is a displaced variety, the result of conjoining the French varieties Petit Bouschet and Grenache.
It is one of the world's very few colouring grapes, able to provide concentrated, deeply coloured wines, a feature that has earned it the nickname "Writing Ink".
Alicante Bouschet's natural habitat has always been the Alentejo. Introduced here over one hundred years ago by the Reynolds family.
Its many wine attributes include structure, firmness, tannins ... and colour, lots and lots of colour! Alicante Bouschet is seldom bottled as a varietal wine, reinforcing its image as a rustic, structuring grape that could produce pungent and extraordinary wines.
It does wonders to a blend, adding colour, vigour and volume, as so many Alentejo wines will attest to.
The aromas it evokes are of forest berries, cocoa, olives and vegetal notes. Alicante Bouschet is assuredly our most Portuguese non-Portuguese grape variety.
Of all the non-Portuguese varieties to be grown here, Syrah has best adapted to the rigours of the Alentejo climate, adjusting easily to the searing summer heat with its interminable hours of sunshine and extreme temperatures.
Grown in warm, poor Alentejo soil, Syrah wines come close to those from the New World.
Big robust and full-bodied wines with lots of fruit, some pepper, usually spicy, sometimes powerful and alcoholic.
Wines from early-ripening grapes are accessible when young, smooth and inviting with good cellaring potential.
Varietal Syrah wines are made but they are few in number, usually being used in small amounts in many of the Alentejo's most emblematic wines.
Cabernet Sauvignon is the most international of all French grape varieties, being widely grown across all five continents.
It has found a special niche and style in the Alentejo, one of the few Portuguese winegrowing regions where it can ripen to perfection.
Cabernet Sauvignon is one of those varieties that can be termed "enriching"; deeply coloured and thick-skinned, it can spice up blends, imbuing body and consistency to well-composed, perfumed, fruity and spicy wines.
It is rarely bottled as a varietal wine in the Alentejo, but is present in small amounts to give structure in many regional Alentejo wines.
Appreciated for its versatility, resistance and correctness it yields wines of immense longevity that age with elegance and security.
The estate consists of 122ha of vineyards, 330ha of olive trees, a forest area comprised of cork oak and stone pine and several dams to meet the irrigation requirements.
The company decided at the beginning that they would use the most advanced technologies available in the field of viticulture and also for the olive groves. A drip feed irrigation system was installed to give both the vines and the olive trees the best possible care to maximize the quality of the crop. It also has partnerships with international experts who have contributed to the development of the “know how” of the estate itself and as a result the company has become a reference for the latest technologies.
The 122 hectares of vineyards of the estate are planted in bilateral cordon system, with the predominance of Portuguese grape varieties, particularly Aragonez and Trincadeira, the two most important of the Alentejo region, as well as Touriga Nacional, Arinto, Antão Vaz and Trincadeira complemented by the internationally renowned Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
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