Reserva

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.

Current Vintage: 2009

Click here for PDFs of past vintages: 1998, 2001, 2003, 2004, 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 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 12 months in French oak (100%) barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and filtered in March 2011.

Tasting Notes

A complex wine with a bouquet of spicy, red berry fruit, showing notes of tobacco and leather. The palate is both creamy and elegant with extremely fine tannins, good intensity and a firm persistent finish. Very stylish, will continue to improve in the bottle for up to 10 years.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 36% Syrah, 14% Petit Verdot, 10% Touriga Nacional
Total Acids:
5.8
Final pH:
3.64
Residual Sugars:
3.9
Alcohol:
14%
Barrel Ageing:
12 months in FO (100%)
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate.
 
Bottled unfined and filtered in:
March 2011
Release date:
November 2012

Awards

Silver Medal
- Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2012

Ratings

91
- Robert Parker
90
- Wine Enthusiast
89
- Wine Spectator

Reviews

Now, without question, this Reserva is certainly the deepest and most concentrated wine of the lineup, with the most power. That fine depth is a pleasure to see and it has a lingering and rather gripping finish. - Robert Parker

A powerful wine – this is striated with dark fruits and tannins. The fruit is layered with an impressive feel of wood aging. - Wine Enthusiast

Medium-grained tannins support refined blackberry preserves, boysenberry and milk chocolate flavors that feature some minty notes. Notes of iron and sea salt linger on the silky finish. – Wine Spectator

Track Record

2009 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
2008 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2004 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
2003 Vintage – 92 – Robert Parker
2001 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
1998 Vintage – 93 – Robert Parker
1997 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker

2008 Vintage – 92 – Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection)
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2011
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2011
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies International 2011
2008 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2011
2004 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Tempranillo Al Mundo – Spain 2013
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2009
2004 Vintage – BEST OF NATION – Portugal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2008
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2008
2004 Vintage – Great Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2007
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2007
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2007
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2008
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2007
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards – UK 2008
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2007
2003 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2006
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2006
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2006
2003 Vintage – Trophy Prestige – Citadelles du Vin – Bordeaux 2006
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2006
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2006
2001 Vintage – 92 – Wine Enthusiast ‘Editors’ Choice!
2001 Vintage – Trophée Prestige – Citadelles du Vin – Bordeaux 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2004
2001 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2004
2001 Vintage – Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2004
1998 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
1998 Vintage – Silver Trophy– Les Olympiades du Vin, Bordeaux 2001
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Intl. Wine Challenge, London 2002
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Challenge du Vin, Bordeaux 2001
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial, Bruxelles 2001
1997 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin, Bordeaux 1999
1997 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge London, UK 1999

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