Our flagship wine. Full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties.
Characterized by very favorable growing season conditions and led to one of the best vintages in recent years. Cold and dry winter, warm and dry summer, free of heat waves, dry September.
Aragonez (45%), Syrah (30%), Touriga Nacional (15%) and Petit Verdot (10%) all grown sustainably on the ancient clay over limestone soils in own vineyards surrounding our estate in Vidigueira.
Each parcel was harvested separately according to ripeness. The fruit was destemmed and gently crushed, following fermentation under temperature control for 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, with gentle punchdowns, pumpovers and delestage. The wines matured in 1st-4th year French (80%) and American (20%) oak barrels for 12 months. Bottled at the estate in April 2017.
Translucent garnet in color with a purple edge, the wine resonates with deep earthy aromas of iron, graphite and red clay. Intertwined there are layers of prunes, ripe persimmon and redcurrant jelly and sweet spice providing a clove and vanilla lift. Ripe but firm structure anchors the earthy, savoury elements that transcend into the palate. The wine finishes in a drawn out dance between the lifted aromatics and clay like tannin.