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 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, 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.
“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
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
Vintage Notes Archive (PDFs of present and past vintage notes)