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Cortes de Cima Branco

A gastronomic, barrel aged blend of local and international varieties grown on our cool Atlantic coastal vineyards and in the warmer Alentejan interior.

Vintage 2017

An exceptionally early and compressed harvest, resulting from one of the hottest and driest years in decades.

Vinification

A blend of Alvarinho, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier resulting from the fusion of two distinct terroirs. Alvarinho and Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown in sandy soils in our cool, Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards, provide freshness to balance the fruit generosity of the barrel-fermented Viognier, grown further inland, on the ancient clay over limestone soils surrounding the Estate. 

Each parcel was harvested separately according to ripeness during the cool hours of the early morning and transported under temperature control to our winery, where they were destemmed and gently pressed. The free run juice was separated and cold settled, retaining partial solids. The Verdelho fermented in stainless steel tanks, while the Viognier and Alvarinho fermented in 1st-4th year 500L French oak barrels. No malolactic fermentation. After 8 months of maturation with fine lees, the wines were racked and blended, following bottling at the estate in July 2018.

Tasting Notes

The coastal climate contributes with acidity and salinity, blended with the creamy, riper fruit from the interior. Lifted exotic aromatics showing lime and grapefruit with some tropical passion fruit notes. Creamy palate with layered fruit, solid, complex and well balanced.

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 52% Alvarinho, 25% Viognier and 23% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

Total Acids: 5.7
Final pH: 3.20
Total Sugar: 1.0
Alcohol: 12,5%
Barrel Ageing: Partially barrel aged for 8 months in French Oak (65% total volume)
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate

Available in bottles of 75cl

Awards

Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2019

Ratings

16,5 - Jancis Robinson

Reviews

“lovely texture. Very good blend and Good Value. Long, fragrant finish." Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com, October 2018

Track Record

2016 Vintage - 90 - Wine Spectator
2016 Vintage - 16.5 – Jancis Robinson
2016 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2018
2015 Vintage - 90 – Wine Spectator
2015 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2017
2015 Vintage - Silver Medal – Mundus Vini 2017
2015 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2017
2014 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016
2014 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2016
2014 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2016
2014 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2016
2013 Vintage - Trophée Dry White Wine – Vinalies Internationles 2015
2013 Vintage - Gold Medal - Vinalies Internationles 2015
2013 Vintage - Silver Medal – Mundus Vini 2015
2012 Vintage - Gold Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2014
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2014
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies International 2014
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014