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eRobertParker.com

“Alentejo has always had some flagships, the region is developing an exciting group of wineries that can act as additional standard bearers and adding them to existing stalwarts like .. Cortes de Cima.” – Wine Advocate (Dec 2007) Mark Squires

eRobertParker.com

“This winery is one of Alentejo’s stalwarts. They generally make them bold and big, although there seems to be a trend to more restraint. A vertical tasting of the Reservas, including the release reviewed last year (the 2003, 92 points) showed what the winery can accomplish.” – Wine Advocate (Dec 2007) Mark Squires

Jancis Robinson, Hugh Johnson – The World Atlas of Wine, 6th edition

“Cortes de Cima have had particular success with their Syrah, clearly at home in the hot, dry climate of the Alentejo.”

Wine Enthusiast – Roger Voss

“Another of the pioneers of the new Alentejo is Denmark´s Hans Jorgensen. He aimed to produce fruity wines, of which Chaminé, a juicy ripe, easy-drinking wine, is the most obvious example. ” (11/2007)

eRobertParker.com

“Cortes de Cima has become popular for Syrah in Southern Portugal, producing very modern-styled wines. The road to Syrah was a bit rocky – they started using Syrah, and running afoul of the wine regulations, thus branding one wine, simply, Incognito. The wines tend to be a bit flamboyant. Certain of them may make some tasters think “over-the-top.” They are usually not for the shy” . – Wine Advocate (Feb 2007) Mark Squires

Vin Revolution

“Portugal er ikke laengere en blanding af baellevine fra Dão og portvine fra Porto. I 1990erne oplevede landet en veritabel vinrevolution med pionerer som danskeren Hans Kristian Jorgensen i spidsen.” – Ove Rasmussen, Motor 4/2007

i-winereview.com

Vineyard management and winemaking are first-class at Cortes de Cima and any wine produced is of consistently high quality. – i-winereview.com

Philip Williamson – Wine behind the label 2007

“For ripe, modern-styled reds, Cortes de Cima continue to be one of the Alentejo´s leaders. Since 1997 the wines have been consistently fine; fruit-driven with excellent varietal expression, particularly from the Portuguese grapes. …but then there are no poor wines here.”

Oz Clarke’s Pocket Wine Book 2007

“Dane Hans K. Jorgensen and his American wife Carrie make excellent modern-style Portuguese reds in the heart of the Alentejo. …Incógnito**, a gutsy, black-fruited blockbuster.”

Jamie Goode – Wine Anorak

“Cortes de Cima is one of Portugal’s two leading ‘new world’ wineries (the other being Esporão), and its very successful wines with good international distribution have helped put this region on the map.”

Kim Marcus – Wine Spectator

“Beyond the Douro, the top red wines come from the Alentejo, powered by the Cortes de Cima Touriga Nacional, a decadent and meaty wine reminiscent of a Southern Rhõne red.” – June 30, 2005

Bruce Sanderson – ‘Portugal´s Renaissance’

“Portugal has gotten its act together and is now making some of the best fruit-filled value reds in the winemaking world. The Cortes de Cima Touriga Nacional Alentejo 2002 is a decadent mouthful of roasted, meaty elements, with plum and licorice notes.” -Wine Spectator May 31, 2005

Oz Clarke’s Wine Buying Guide 2003

Chaminé 2000 – “Ripe cranberry and plum-flavoured red from the hinterland of Portugal, where no one had planted a vine until a couple of Danes turned up, exhausted by the drab northern European summers and ready to sweat and slave to great effect in the sunny south.”

wineanorak.com

“The great success of the Alentejo has been in making thoroughly modern, concentrated wines that still retain a distinctly Portuguese character, and this is what Cortes de Cima have done very well. The relatively high prices reflect the strong local demand for these wines, their high intrinsic quality, and the ambitions of the producer. As an aside, Cliff Richard fans might like to know that the first vintage of his wine, Vida Nova, was made here last year.” -January 2003- Jamie Goode

Kim Marcus- ‘Portugal’s exciting new reds’

“In the Alentejo, the best producer is Cortes de Cima.” -Wine Spectator May 31, 2002

International Wine Challenge 2002

“In the Alentejo the Cortes de Cima wines capped off a fine overall performance with the region’s only gold” – Wine October 2002

Simon Meads – ‘A new dawn’

“Jorgensen and his wife Carrie have that maverick edge which means they will flout the regulations in order to produce better wine. ” – Wine & Spirit Intl June 2002

Anthony Rose- Red Wine of the Year 2001

“1999 Cortes de Cima, Incógnito. The irony behind the name of this Portuguese red, made by Hans Christian and Carrie Jorgensen from the syrah grape, lies in the fact that the authorities are too short-sighted to allow syrah on the label in the Alentejo appellation. Incógnito (but not for long) is a classy, intensely aromatic masterpiece whose plum richness and concentration are belied by the fine delicate touch of oak and silky-soft touch on the palate. Oddbins currently has limited stocks of the 1999 and the equally brilliant 2000 arrives in February. ” –The Independent 29 December 2001

Anthony Rose- Going Places Award 2001

“and honourable mention to Cortes de Cima in Portugal´s Alentejo ” –The Independent 29 December 2001

Simon Meads – ‘Cry freedom’

“A quick glance at this year´s International Wine Challenge results will show you that the only gold medal winner from Portugal was not a Touriga nacional or a Trincadeira, but a Syrah. The wine comes from Hans Kristian and Carrie Jorgensen´s Cortes de Cima estate in Alentejo.” – Wine magazine, November 2001

Giles Macdonogh- ‘Happy Blending’

“But the most famous Portuguese Syrah comes from the Alentejo. Incógnito from Cortes de Cima.” – Decanter November 2001

Steve Rosser – The Grape Escape

“In spite of this, they have pursed with their dream, and in 1998 (after advice from Oz Clarke), they produced their first pure Syrah. This New World vision of experimentation and disregard of regulatory controls shows that the Old World of Portugal can by used to make exceptional New World wines.” -August 2001

Philippe Boucheron – GrapeVine – ‘Drinking incognito with Hans and Carrie’

“Earlier this year, when I was in the Alentejo, I met the Jorgensens and tasted their wines. He is a quietly spoken, gentle man, who has successfully made the transition from international mechanical engineer to wine-grower. His wines reflect his concerned and thoughtful approach to his craft. Carrie is one of those frankly pushy American wives that are much needed by introspective thinkers if they are to become commercially successful. And the wine? It certainly deserves the international awards that it has won, and has already become a collector’s item, so it is in very short supply.” – Evening News, Worcester 19/8/00

Tim Atkin – ‘Control freaks’ or ‘Appellation contrôlée is no guarantee of a decent bottle’

“Meanwhile, in the Alentejo, Cortes de Cima has run into trouble with the Comissão Regional for producing a wine made from Syrah, a grape that has a great future in Portugal, but which is not authorized locally. The owners tried calling their wine ‘Chiraz and ‘Hary’s’ (Syrah backwards), but had to settle for Incógnito. The wine has sold out in Portugal, but has enraged traditionalists who want to see it banned.” – The Observer, UK 14/05/00

Tim Atkin- Wine Secrets- Most Underrated Red Wines 2000

“Portuguese Tempranillo(Aragonez). Spain’s most patrician red variety peforms extremely well in southern Portugal, too. The wines of Esporão, Cortes de Cima, and João Portugal Ramos are some of the best on the Iberian Peninsula and they’re a lot cheaper than Ribera del Dueros.” – The Decanter Millennium Guide

Postcard from Oz Clarke

“Thank you for a smashing visit- and apologies for my erratic service (tennis). I think the estate is very exciting and will achieve great things! ” – June 1999

Jancis Robinson

Incógnito 1998 – ” The deep crimson-purple of this wine from Alentejo positively glows with health. I look forward very much to future vintages too. This is a wine with an exceptionally fine finish. 17 points” – ‘Tastes the best Portuguese table wines’ 1999

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