Aragonez 2009

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.

Current Vintage: 2009

Click here for PDFs of past vintages: 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004 , 2005, 2007, 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.

Vinification

Made exclusively from selected Aragonez (Tempranillo) grapes hand-picked at optimum maturity from chosen sites in our own vineyards. Fermented without stems under temperature control, frequent delestage, followed by extended skin maceration to enhance varietal fruit characters, and to provide tannin structure and balance. Aged for 7 months in French Oak (80%) and American Oak (20%), and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components.

Tasting Notes

Attractive spicy red berry fruit aromas with some toasty oak complexity. Solid, intense palate with vibrant, juicy fruit, some savoury notes, and a good balancing acidity. Drinks well now and will improve in bottle over the next 5 years.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
100% Aragonez
Total Acids:
5.5
Final pH:
3.70
Residual Sugars:
3.2
Alcohol:
14 %
Barrel aging:
7 months in French Oak (80%) and American Oak (20%)
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate
 
Bottled filtered but unfined in:
June 2010
Total production:
4.000 bottles (75 cl)
Release date:
October 2011

Awards

Silver Medal –
Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2012
Bronze Medal –
International Wine Challenge – London 2012
Bronze Medal –
Decanter World Wine Awards – UK 2012

Ratings

90
- Wine Enthusiast
88
- Wine Spectator
88
- (Mark Squires) Robert Parker

Reviews

Good power and intensity to focused flavors of wild plum, red berry and spiced cherry. Luscious black licorice and dark chocolate notes on the crisp finish. – Wine Spectator

Aragonez, aka Tempranillo, is the Tinta Roriz of the Alentejo—just to make things simple. Whatever the name, the smooth, rich character of this wine is characteristic of the grape. It has weight, ripe damson fruit and a core of powerful tannins. – Wine Enthusiast

The 2009 Aragonez is a nicely constructed wine this year. Elegant in the mid-palate, a touch oak-tinged in its youth, it seems graceful generally speaking and well focused, with just a little bit of tannin for seriousness and tasty flavors. It does fade a bit with air, but it seems full in the mouth on first attack with some tannic intensity. As it airs out, it becomes a bit meatier and earthier, which some will like and some won’t. – Robert Parker

Track Record

2008 Vintage
- Gold Medal – Vinalies International – France 2011
2008 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011
2008 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2011
2007 Vintage
- Gold Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2010
2007 Vintage
- Silver Medal (Best In Class) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2010
2005 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2009
2005 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2009
2004 Vintage
- Trophy Prestige – Citadelles du Vin – Bordeaux 2006
2004 Vintage
- Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2004 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2007
2004 Vintage
- Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2006
2004 Vintage
- Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2007
2004 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2003 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2007
2003 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2006
2003 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2005
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2005
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2005
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2004
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Japan Wine Challenge 2004
2002 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2004
2000 Vintage
- Gold Medal– Intl. Wine & Spirits Challenge, London 2002
2000 Vintage
- Gold Medal– Mundus Vini, Germany 2002
2000 Vintage
- Silver Medal– Vinalies Internationales, France 2003
2000 Vintage
- Silver Medal– Concours Mondial du Vin, Bruxelles 2002
2000 Vintage
- Silver Medal– Intl. Wine Challenge, London 2002
1998 Vintage
- Silver Medal– Intl Wine Challenge, London 2000
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