A special commemorative 100% Syrah launched for the bicentennial of the Danish storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones.
Harvest 2012, our 17th harvest. A record cold and dry winter, followed by a cold and wet spring. Superlative summer. All in all, a quality driven vintage!
Made exclusively from selected Syrah grapes handpicked 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 8 months in French (85%) and American (15%) oak barrels.
Complex spicy, savoury fruit aromas with notes of tobacco, plums and prunes. Sweet, ripe fruit on the palate, good depth, richness and concentration. Very gastronomic.
“This is a beautifully perfumed wine, with violets and ripe juicy black fruits. It has a concentrated firm structure that puts the fruitiness on a pedestal and gives it shape and intensity.” - 92 points - Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast
“Understated, fresh and beautifully focused, this is very appealing, a Syrah that has modest intensity of flavor, some focus and a lot of finesse…Overall, this graceful Syrah is nicely wrought.” - 90 points - Mark Squires, Robert Parker
“Suave and refined, with plush cherry tart, plum and raspberry flavors that are creamy and well-spiced. Chocolate accents and plenty of cardamom notes on the finish.” - 90 points - Wine Spectator (Oct 31, 2016)