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Incógnito

The mystery name refers to a time when Syrah was not permitted in Alentejo. In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones.

Harvest

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!

Vinification

Made exclusively from selected Syrah grapes, grown sustainably 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 oak barrels.

Our Winemaker´s comments

Dark berry and plum fruits with subtle notes of toasty oak. Spicey, earthy, complex. Elegant palate showing layers of velvety fruit supported by a firm tannic structure. Extremely well balanced with nicely integrated oak. Classic Incognito, approachable now, but has the balance and structure for long term ageing.

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 100% Syrah
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

Total Acids: 5.9
Final pH: 3.51
Residual Sugars: 3.6
Alcohol: 14%
Barrel ageing: 8 months French Oak (100%)

Total production: 13.700 bottles (75cl), grown, produced and bottled at the family estate

Awards

Top Ten Best Syrah – Syrah du Monde 2016
Gold Medal – Syrah du Monde 2016
Gold Medal – Mundus Vini 2016

Ratings

92 – Robert Parker
92 – Wine Enthusiast
16+/20 - Jancis Robinson

Reviews

“That said, this has a sensual Burgundian feel, with finesse and silky texture. Wonderfully graceful, it has mild Syrah nuances underneath and controlled power. This is a perfect food
wine
.” - DRINK 2016 – 2027 - 92 points - Mark Squires, Robert Parker

“Powerful and spicy, this is a concentrated wine. It has a firm and rich structure of solid tannins. That contrasts with the black plum and juicy berry fruits. Together, they make a wine that is impressive, dark and only just ready to drink. Best wait until 2017.”  - 92 Points - Wine Enthusiast

“Sweet and spicy - nothing like the northern Rhône - much richer.  More like a top Languedoc Syrah, it seems to me.  Still a little bit chewy on the end.” 16+/20 - Jancis Robinson

Track Record - Ratings

2011 Vintage - 93 – Robert Parker 
2011 Vintage - 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2009 Vintage - 90 – Robert Parker
2004 Vintage - 90 – Robert Parker
2002 Vintage - 90 – Robert Parker
1999 Vintage - 90 points – Wine Spectator

Track Record - Awards

2011 Vintage – Best Red Portugal - Korea Wine Challenge 2014
2011 Vintage – Gold Medal - Korea Wine Challenge 2014
2011 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
2011 Vintage – Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2014
2009 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
2009 Vintage - Gold Medal – Syrah du Monde 2012
2005 Vintage - Gold Medal – Berliner Wein Trophy – Germany 2009
2005 Vintage - Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2009
2005 Vintage - Gold Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2005 Vintage - Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany
2005 Vintage - Top Ten – ‘Essência do Vinho’ International Competition – Top Ten Portuguese Wines
2004 Vintage - Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2006
2004 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2006
2003 Vintage - Gold Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2005
2003 Vintage - Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2005
2002 Vintage - Grand Gold – Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly 2004
2002 Vintage - Gold Medal – Japan Wine Challenge 2004
2002 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2004
2001 Vintage - Trophée Excellence – Citadelles du Vin, Bordeaux, 2003
2000 Vintage - Gold Medal – Challenge Intl du Vin, Bordeaux, 2002
2000 Vintage - Top Ten – ‘Wine Discoveries’ Favourites of the Intl. Press, Vinexpo Bordeaux 2001
2000 Vintage - Gold Medal – Mundus Vini, Germany 2002
2000 Vintage - Wine of the Year 2002 – Gula Magazine, Brazil
1999 Vintage - Gold Medal – International Wine Challenge UK, 2001
1999 Vintage - Red Wine of the Year 2001 – The Independent daily newspaper UK
1998 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles, 2000