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.
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.
100% Syrah grown sustainably on the ancient clay over limestone soils in own vineyards surrounding our estate in Vidigueira.
This single 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 wine matured for 8 months in used French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.
Complex spicy, savoury fruit aromas with notes of cedar and mint. Elegant palate with a firm tannic structure.
“It is dense with big tannins but also with fine spice, rich black-fruit flavors and great con-centration. It is a powerful wine that, with its tannins, should age further.“ Roger Voss, Wine Enthusiast, April 2019
"Full-bodied, offering an inky profile sporting black cherry, cedar and currant notes matched with a graphite-infused minerality and spice details. Full but supple tannins give structure through the herb-tinged finish." - Gillian Sciaretta/ Web Only - 2018
“a pleasure to drink and sexier than the regular Syrah” - Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, Dec 2017, Issue 234 – Robert Parker