Chaminé 2011

Chaminé – pronounced: sha-min-E; translation: chimney. The name Chaminé originates from one of our vineyard plots – ‘Chaminé de Gião’, where originally the grapes used in the wine were grown.

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 and Syrah, blended with other Portuguese varieties.

Current Vintage: 2011

Click here for PDFs of past vintages: 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Vintage 2011

Harvest 2011, our 16th harvest. Another record winter rainfall. Record tropical heat in May. Record early start to harvest. Superlative summer and harvest weather. Harvest quantity – up. Harvest quality – above average.

Vinification

Well ripened fruit. Fermented without stems under controlled temperature, with frequent delestage. Stored in stainless steel tanks before early bottling, unfined and filtered.

Tasting Notes

Spicy, dark berry fruit aromas, of cherry and blackcurrant, and some earthy and smoky notes. The palate is solid and juicy with a good balance.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
50% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 23% Syrah, 19% Touriga Nacional, 4% Alicante Bouschet, 2% Cabernet Sauvignon and 2% Petit Verdot
Total Acids:
5.6
Final pH:
3.64
Residual Sugars:
3.2
Alcohol:
13.5%
Bottled on the family estate in
March 2012
Release date:
April 2012
No barrel aging

Awards

Commended
- International Wine Challenge – London 2013

Ratings

87
- (Daily Wine Picks) – Wine Spectator
86
- Wine Enthusiast
85
- Robert Parker (Mark Squires)

Reviews

Sweet cherry and wild plum flavors feature some interesting graphite edges. Smoke tinges mark the crisp finish. – Wine Spectator

Forward, fruity and crisp, this is an attractive wine. It’s red berry flavor and bright acidity is layered with smoky tannins. Not for aging, so drink over the next 2−3 years. – Wine Enthusiast

Soft and a bit sweet and easygoing, this has a certain amount of charm,.. Light and elegant, with that slightly sweet finish, this is a familiar style in entry level wines, but one thing that makes this a bit better as a rule–there is a little structure here to support the tasty, if not terribly concentrated fruit. It drinks easy and well. Drink it relatively cool and it will be a big picnic hit in the summer. Take it for what it is – it fulfills its modest goals well. – Robert Parker

Track Record

2010 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2011
2010 Vintage
- Gran Menzione – Vinitaly – Itália 2011
2009 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2010
2008 Vintage
- Commended – International Wine Challenge – London 2010
2007 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2008
2007 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2007 Vintage
- Commended – International Wine Challenge – London 2008
2006 Vintage
- Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2007
2006 Vintage
- Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2007
2006 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2007
2006 Vintage
- Commended – International Wine Challenge – London 2007
2004 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition
2004 Vintage
- Seal of Approval – International Wine Challenge
2003 Vintage
- Grand Gold – S.F. Intl Wine Competition
2003 Vintage
- Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin
2002 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – Japan Wine Challenge
2002 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge
2002 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin
2002 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge, Russia
2001 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge
2001 Vintage
- Commended – Intl.Wine & Spirits Competition
2001 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge
2000 Vintage
- Seal – International Wine Challenge
1998 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge
1997 Vintage
- Bronze Medal – International Wine Challenge
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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
2013
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN5148108703418
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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