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Cortes de Cima Alvarinho

A 100% Alvarinho 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.

Vintage 2014

Winter rainfall was plentiful, followed by an excellent summer growing season , mild for Alentejan standards. An early harvest with a rapid end, due to the early arrival of September rains.   

Vinification

Made entirely from Alvarinho grapes, grown sustainably in our own vineyards on the Alentejan west coast, 3 km from the Atlantic Ocean. Harvested during the cool hours of the early morning, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, followed by settling at low temperatures for 24 hours. Fermented at controlled temperatures in tanks for 15 days and matured on fine lees, with regular stirring. Fined, filtered and bottled to maintain its clean, crisp flavours. Partially barrel aged and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak complexity. Bottled, filtered in April 2015.

Tasting Notes

Intense fruit aromas (citrus and peach) with a nice refreshing acidity.

Appelation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 100% Alvarinho
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

Total Acidity: 6.1
Final pH: 3.19
Residual Sugars: 1.0
Alcohol: 12,5%
Barrel aging: 25% total volume was barrel aged for 6 months in French Oak

Total production: 2.730 bottles (75 cl) - Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate

Awards

Gold Medal - Mundus Vini 2016

Ratings

90 - Wine Enthusiast
88 - Robert Parker

Reviews

“After searching for a cool climate for vines, Hans Jorgensen planted only two miles from the Atlantic Ocean south of Lisbon. This Alvarinho is as fresh as if it came from the far north of Portugal. It is bright with citrus and rich, as befits an Alvarinho. Hints of apricot and spice finish thisattractive wine. Drink now.” — Roger Voss Wine Enthusiast June 2016

“A ripe white, with plenty of well-spiced dried apple and candied mango flavors. Viscous, with notes of sage cream on the finish.” – Kim Marcus Wine Spectator

"This 2014 Alvarinho is a nice debut vintage. Aged for six months in French oak, half new. It holds the oak beautifully and finishes with crispness and precision. The bite on the finish gives it some seriousness. While it is not the most concentrated Alvarinho ever, it holds its own well and it is rather impressive given that it doesn’t pop up so often in this region." – Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com

Vintage Notes Archive (PDFs of present and past vintage notes)