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Cortes de Cima Petit Verdot

One of the ‘noble’ Bordeaux varieties. A late ripener, it is better suited for warmer climates, like Alentejo, where it can reach a good maturity, resulting in wines of intense concentration and color, strong tannins and aromatic complexity, while maintaining it’s freshness, thanks to it’ s ability to maintain it’s natural acidity.

Vintage 2011

Vintage 2011 experienced new record-breaking climatic extremes, both in winter rainfall and summer heat. A difficult growing season and harvest due to delayed ripening. Fine harvest weather.

Vinification

Made from selected 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 13 months in French (100%) oak barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and lightly filtered in March 2013. May be subject to throw a deposit.

Tasting Notes

An intense palate with rich fruit and notes of mint and chocolate.

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

Total Acids: 6.3
Final pH: 3.60
Reducing Sugar: 4.9
Alcohol: 14 %
Barrel aging: 13 months in French oak (100%)

Total production: 7.200 bottles - Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate.

Awards

Silver Medal - Concours Mondial Bruxelles 2016
Silver Medal - Vinalies Internationales 2016
Silver Medal - Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015
Silver Medal - International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
Silver Medal - Challenge International du Vin 2015
Silver Medal - Mundus Vini 2015

Ratings

89 - Robert Parker
88 – Recommended - Decanter Magazine
 

Reviews

This traditionally hard-to-ripen Bordeaux grape thrives in the hot Alentejo climate. Here it has produced a dark colored, very dense and superripe wine, full of juicy berry and black plum tones. – Roger Voss – Wine Enthusiast

Laced with sweet vanilla on opening, this tightly wound Petit Verdot starts out creamy and far too oakdominated, but ultimately it also reveals its nice structure, good mid-palate concentration and focus. The tannins are leaning to the ripe end of the scale, but they do emerge with some aeration. This should still be approachable young and the tannins should fall off quickly. It should hold nicely for several years as well. It is probably Cortes de Cima’s best Petit Verdot yet. – Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Intense and ripe with flavours of red fruit, dense plum and grass and hay notes alongside sweet cassis and black fruit. – DECANTER Magazine UK

Track Record

2010 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2014
2010 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
2010 Vintage - Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2014
2010 Vintage - Silver Medal – Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2013
2010 Vintage - 90 – Wine Enthusiast
2009 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
2009 Vintage - Silver Medal (Outstanding) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2012
2009 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2013
2008 Vintage - 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2008 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2011
2008 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2010