Petit Verdot 2009

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.

Current Vintage: 2009

Click here for PDFs of past vintages: 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 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 (100%) oak barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and lightly filtered in March 2011. May be subject to throw a deposit.

Tasting Notes

Blackcurrant aromas with hints of mint and eucalyptus. An intense and vibrant palate, with lots of youthful fruit and subtle notes of well integrated toasty oak. Very elegant with good texture, firm tannins and balancing acidity to finish.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
100% Petit Verdot
Total Acids:
6.0
Final pH:
3.68
Residual Sugars:
3.9
Alcohol:
14 %
Barrel aging:
14 months in French oak
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate.
 
Bottled unfined and lightly filtered:
March 2011
Total production:
3.420 bottles
Launch date:
November 2011

Awards

Gold Medal
- Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
Silver Medal (Outstanding)
- Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2012
Silver Medal
- International Wine Challenge – London 2013
Bronze Medal
- International Wine Challenge – London 2012
Bronze Medal
- Decanter World Wine Awards – UK 2012
Gran Menzione
- Vinitaly 2012

Track Record

2008 Vintage
- 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2008 Vintage
- Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2011
2008 Vintage
- Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2010
2008 Vintage
- Gran Menzione – Vinitaly – Italy 2011
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