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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Chaminé Branco

Vintage
2012
Type
White wine
AVIN
AVIN6615732025418
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
2011
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN7659242030387
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
2009
Type
Red wine
AVIN
AVIN0599463793654
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.


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

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Olive Oil

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

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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

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

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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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