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Cortes de Cima Aragonez

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.

Vintage 2013

A dry winter, followed by a cold and wet spring. A moderate summer, which heated up in August. A delayed growing season, with late flowering, ripening and a large harvest. High Acids, ripe tannins.

Vinification

Made exclusively from selected Aragonez (Tempranillo) 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 (90%) and American Oak (10%), and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components.

Tasting Notes

There are notes of polished leather, spice, licorice and dark chocolate. It is full and silky in the mouth with excellent depth and a finish carried by round tannins.

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 100% Aragonez (Tempranillo)
Sustainable Viticulture; Integrated Protection

Total Acids: 5.90
Final pH: 3.54
Total Sugar: 0.8
Alcohol: 14 %
Barrel aging: 12 months in French (90%) and American oak (10%)
Grown, produced and bottled on the family estate.

Available in bottles of 75 cl

Awards

Grand Gold Medal – Mundus Vini 2016
Silver Medal – Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016

Ratings

91 – Wine Enthusiast
89 – Robert Parker
89 – Wine Spectator
16.5/20 -  Jancis Robinson

Reviews

A richly endowed wine, full of firm black fruits as well as acidity. With its structured aftertaste, it is dense and serious.” - 91 points - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast

“This opens with a refined yet rich feel, the flavor controlled, but notable. It is smooth, fruity and elegant. ... it always drank beautifully, showing harmony and balance. It is a perfect table wine, something that will match the food, not overwhelm it. DRINK 2016 – 2027"  - Mark Squires, Robert Parker

A snappy red, with plenty of zesty red fruit and wild spice flavors. Sandalwood notes in the midpalate, with a finish that is creamy and rich-tasting.“  Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator 

“Scented and refreshing on the nose but obviously ripe, savoury fruit underneath. Pretty varietally typical with that aroma I describe as 'tobacco leaves'. Very confident and well balanced but the tannins suggest there is still lots to deliver.  This would give many a Rioja a run for its money…”  Score 16.5/20 -  Jancis Robinson

Track Record - Ratings

2012 Vintage - 90 (Editors’ Choice) – Wine Enthusiast
2011 Vintage - 90 – Robert Parker

Track Record - Awards

2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2015
2009 Vintage - Silver Medal– Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2012
2008 Vintage - Gold Medal - Vinalies International - France 2011
2008 Vintage - Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011
2008 Vintage - Silver Medal - Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2011
2007 Vintage - Gold Medal - Challenge Intl. du Vin - Bordeaux 2010
2007 Vintage - Silver Medal (Best In Class) - Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2010
2005 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2009
2005 Vintage - Silver Medal - Challenge International du Vin 2009
2004 Vintage - Trophy Prestige - Citadelles du Vin - Bordeaux 2006
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) - Intl Wine & Spirit Competition - UK 2008
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal - Vinalies Internationales – France 2007
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal - International Wine Challenge - London 2006
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal - S.F. Intl Wine Competition - California 2007
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal - Concours Mondial du Vin - Bruxelles 2006
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2007
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2006
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2005
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2005
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2005
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Japan Wine Challenge 2004
2002 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2004
2000 Vintage – Gold Medal– Intl. Wine & Spirits Challenge, London 2002
2000 Vintage – Gold Medal– Mundus Vini, Germany 2002
2000 Vintage – Silver Medal– Vinalies Internationales, France 2003
2000 Vintage – Silver Medal– Concours Mondial du Vin, Bruxelles 2002
2000 Vintage – Silver Medal– Intl. Wine Challenge, London 2002
1998 Vintage – Silver Medal– Intl Wine Challenge, London 2000