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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 2012

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 grapes hand picked at optimum maturity from 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 12 months in French (100%) oak barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and lightly filtered in April 2014. May be subject to throw a deposit.

Tasting Notes

Complex wine displaying layered aromas of dark berries and spice, balanced by firm tannins and acidity.

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

Total Acids: 6.2
Final pH: 3.55
Reducing Sugar: 3.8
Alcohol: 14 %
Barrel aging: 12 months in French oak (100%)
Grown, produced and bottled on the family estate.

Available in bottles of 75 cl

Awards

Gold Medal – Mundus Vini 2016
Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2017

Ratings

90 – Robert Parker
90 – Wine Enthusiast
16,5 – Jancis Robinson

Reviews

“It does show rather gracefully, though, with a fresh feel and a nicely crafted midpalate. It finishes with fine fruit washing over the palate–never sweet and never sloppy, but laced with some herbs and touches of complexity. In its understated way, this is a Petit Verdot that kept growing on me.” - DRINK 2016 – 2027 - Mark Squires, Robert Parker

"This densely textured wine is dark in color, and rich in tannins and blackberries. The wine is now moving towards a secondary, leather texture and spice flavors." - Oct/2018 - ROGER VOSS - Wine Enthusiast

“violet-scented dark fruit” - Julia Harding, Jancis Robinson

Track Record

2011 Vintage - Silver Medal – Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2015
2011 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine & Spirit Competition 2015
2011 Vintage - Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2015
2011 Vintage - Silver Medal – Mundus Vini 2015
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