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.
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 (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.
Complex spicy, savoury fruit aromas with notes of cedar and mint. Elegant palate with a firm tannic structure.
"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