Incógnito

The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo. In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals. Starting with the entry level is our popular ‘Cortes de Cima Syrah’, which is bottled every vintage. Next, we move up a notch both in concentration and quality, to the mid-level range – ‘Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen’, bottled in most vintages. We culminate at the top, with our reserve quality labeling, the iconic ‘Incógnito’, only bottled in exceptional years, and with all the Hallmarks of a great world class Syrah.

Current Vintage: 2009

Click here for PDFs of past vintages: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2008, 2009

Vintage 2009

An exceptionally cold winter, one of the coldest in 19 years, and a rare snowfall in January! Rainfall was normal at 500mm, mostly concentrated in the winter months, followed by a dry and warm spring and summer. Budbreak on 26th February was an early record. Unstable weather during flowering in May resulted in uneven pollination and low fruit set in some varieties. A very hot period in early August when temperatures averaged 25º kick-started the exceptionally early harvest date.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
100% Syrah
Total Acids:
5.6
Final pH:
3.58
Residual Sugars:
3.2
Alcohol:
14%
Barrel ageing:
6 months French Oak
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate
 
Bottled unfined and unfiltered in
July 2010
Release Date:
November 2012

Awards

Gold Medal
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
Gold Medal
- Syrah du Monde 2012
Silver Medal
- Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2012

Ratings

90
- Robert Parker

Reviews

Remarkably graceful in this big vintage, but it still adds a layer or two of depth. Bright and elegant, with some grip and intensity on the finish, it is quite charming, with trademark gamey nuances up front. - Robert Parker

Track Record

2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies International 2011
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2011
2005 Vintage – Gold Medal – Berliner Wein Trophy – Germany 2009
2005 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2009
2005 Vintage – Gold Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2005 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany
2005 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2008
2005 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2008
2005 Vintage – Silver Medal – Syrah du Monde – France 2008
2005 Vintage – Silver Medal – AWC Vienna – Austria 2008
2005 Vintage – 3rd Place – ‘Essência do Vinho’ International Competition – Top Ten Portuguese Wines
2004 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2006
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2006
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2005
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2005
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2005
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2005
2002 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2002 Vintage – Grand Gold – Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly 2004
2002 Vintage – Gold Medal – Japan Wine Challenge 2004
2002 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2004
2001 Vintage – Trophée Excellence – Citadelles du Vin, Bordeaux, 2003
2001 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge, UK, 2002
2000 Vintage – Gold Medal – Challenge Intl du Vin, Bordeaux, 2002
2000 Vintage – Top Ten – ‘Wine Discoveries’ Favourites of the Intl. Press, Vinexpo Bordeaux 2001
2000 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini, Germany 2002
2000 Vintage – Wine of the Year 2002 – Gula Magazine, Brazil
1999 Vintage – Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge UK, 2001
1999 Vintage – Red Wine of the Year 2001 – The Independent daily newspaper UK
1999 Vintage – 90 points – Wine Spectator
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2000

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Chaminé Branco

Vintage
2013
Type
White wine
AVIN
AVIN9011343222630
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Antão Vaz, Viogner, Verdelho, Sauvignon Blanc

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Herbaceous crispness with a final burst of acidity.
A blend of local and international varieties from our cool Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards.

Cortes de Cima Branco

Vintage
2012
Type
White wine
AVIN
AVIN1253068718588
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Alvarinho, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc

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A barrel aged blend of local and international varieties grown on our cool Atlantic coastal vineyards and in the warmer Alentejan interior.

Sauvignon Blanc

Vintage
2013
Type
White wine
AVIN
AVIN0747209937538
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Sauvignon Blanc

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A 100% Sauvignon Blanc produced exclusively from grapes grown at our new coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes on the Alentejan coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean.

Courela

Vintage
2012
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN6659422379078
Country
Portugal
Region
Vinho
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional

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Fresh, light bodied and easy drinking. With intense ruby colours and attractive ripe berry character. A fresh and young wine that is ready for immediate drinking.

The name Courela originates from one of our vineyard plots – Courela dos Pageis, and translates as ‘a strip of cultivated land’.

Chaminé

Vintage
2012
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN8238219200443
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional

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This is our most popular wine, boasting a consistent track record. A juicy, ripe, easy drinking wine, bottled early, usually within 6 months of harvest time and without any oak ageing. Best drunk young, but will improve with short term cellaring. Mainly Aragonez (Tempranillo) and Syrah, blended with other Portuguese varieties.

The name Chaminé (pronounced: sha-min-E; translation: chimney) originates from one of our vineyard plots – Chaminé de Gião

Cortes de Cima

Vintage
2011
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN5337188430035
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Syrah, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional, Cabernet Sauvignon, Petit Verdot

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Our flagship wine. Full bodied blend with ripe, silky tannins.

Syrah

Vintage
2012
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN1561325374720
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Syrah

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Ripe rich fruit with some earth and spice.
In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals.

Aragonez

Vintage
2011
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN8333534934179
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Aragonez

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Outstanding tannins with aromas of red berry fruits.

Known as Tempranillo in Spain, and Tinta Roriz in the north of Portugal. Always an elegant wine, it has richness with structure and outstanding tannins, which impart a good ageing ability.


Trincadeira

Vintage
2012
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN7243266122878
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Trincadeira

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One of the more common indigenous varieties in Southern Portugal, characterized by fruit, and low tannins.


Petit Verdot

Vintage
2010
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN4185313604506
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Petit Verdot

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Intense concentration, strong tannins, aromatic complexity with a refreshing natural acidity.

One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.


Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen

Vintage
2010
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN5643201457638
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Syrah

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A special commemorative 100% Syrah launched for the bicentennial of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. Elegant with a soft, long finish.

In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones. Today, our range consists of 3 different 100% Syrah varietals. Starting with the entry level is our popular ‘Cortes de Cima Syrah’, which is bottled every vintage. Next, we move up a notch both in concentration and quality, to the mid-level range – ‘Homenagem a Hans Christian Andersen’, bottled in most vintages. We culminate at the top, with our reserve quality labeling, the iconic ‘Incógnito’, only bottled in exceptional years.


Touriga Nacional

Vintage
2008
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN1005369110994
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Touriga Nacional

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Lifted violet and dark berry fruit aromatics, elegant intense and long palate.

Best known as one of the 5 main varieties used for Port wine, further south here in the Alentejo it’s fruit develops a highly floral and aromatic character. It is a low producer, with both small bunches and berries.

Previous vintages have won numerous gold medals and trophies, including IWC Best Portuguese Red Trophy (2005), IWC Touriga Trophy (2003), and the Wine Spectator’s Top 100 Wine List (2002).


Incógnito

Vintage
2011
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN4713961381328
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Syrah

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Bold, superb balance and sumptuous finish. The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo.


Reserva

Vintage
2009
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN6427214909051
Country
Portugal
Region
Alentejo
Producer
Cortes de Cima
Varietals
Aragonez, Syrah

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The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.

This is the star of our range, only produced in limited quantities and in exceptional years. A full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties, barrel aged for 12 months in new oak barrels. The wine is finely structured, with a feeling of restrained power.

Previous vintages have always scored +90 Parker Points.


Olive Oil

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Our Olive Oil is produced from our own olive trees, which are from the Portuguese variety, Cobrançosa, planted shortly after our arrival to Cortes de Cima in 1988. As with our vineyards, our olivegroves are accredited under a sustainable program called ‘Integrated Protection’, which limits and regulates the use of chemicals.


Vinegar

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Created from pure red wine from the Portuguese Touriga Nacional variety. Aged for 5 years in American oak barrels.


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