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Reserva

The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.

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 exclusively from selected grapes from chosen sites, 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 14 months in French oak (100%) barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak components. Bottled, unfined and filtered in March 2013.

Our Winemaker's Comments

Quite complex and a little developed with some gamey characters. Deep, rich flavoursome palate with soft fruit beginnings that firm up to give great length and persistence. Well balanced with good tannin structure and nice acidity. Drinking well but has the structure for long term bottle ageing.

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 40% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Syrah, 15% Touriga Nacional, 10% Petit Verdot
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

Total Acids: 6.6
Final pH: 3.66
Residual Sugars: 4.4
Alcohol: 14%
Barrel Ageing: 14 months in FO (100%)
Total Production: 9.900 bottles (75cl) - grown, produced and bottled at the family estate.

Awards

Gold Medal - Mundus Vini 2015
Gold Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
 

Ratings

95 - (Outstanding)- Decanter Magazine
94 - Robert Parker
91 - Wine Enthusiast

Reviews

Made only in top years, this rich, powerful, flagship red, lavished with new French oak, is a winning match for lovers of bold, generous wines with the oomph and balance to go some distance yet. - DECANTER Magazine UK

Savoury, intense, tobacco-edged blackcurrant and berry fruits, balsamic, fine tannins. Rich, but lovely balance and length. - Sarah Ahmed

Heady lifted perfume; rich and chewy on the palate, and packed with super-ripe – but not overripe- fruit. A blockbuster but one that is well executed. - Joanna Locke MW

This is simply a beautifully focused and well structured Reserva. Precise and penetrating, it is fresh and a little steely as it airs out, at least after the first rush of fruit and wood. The grip and penetration here is easily the best in the winery's lineup this issue. While it has plenty of midpalat concentration, it never seems jammy or thick. It may not have quite the sex appeal of the Incógnito, but the combination of finesse, concentration, structure and ageworthiness makes this a strong contender for the best red I've seen from Cortes de Cima. - Mark Squires, eRobertParker.com

The wine inside remains as dense and structured as ever. It’s rich, full of tannins as well as concentrated black plum and berry fruits. - Wine Enthusiast

Track Record – Ratings

2009 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
2009 Vintage – 90 – Wine Enthusiast
2008 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2008 Vintage – 92 – Wine Enthusiast (Cellar Selection)
2004 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
2004 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2003 Vintage – 92 – Robert Parker
2003 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
2001 Vintage – 91 – Robert Parker
2001 Vintage – 92 – Wine Enthusiast 'Editors' Choice!
1998 Vintage – 93 – Robert Parker
1998 Vintage – 91 – Wine Enthusiast
1997 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker

Track Record - Awards

2008 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2011
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2009
2004 Vintage – BEST OF NATION – Portugal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2008
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2008
2004 Vintage – Great Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2007
2004 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2007
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2007
2004 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2006
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2006
2003 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2006
2003 Vintage – Trophy Prestige – Citadelles du Vin – Bordeaux 2006
2003 Vintage – Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2006
2001 Vintage – Trophée Prestige – Citadelles du Vin – Bordeaux 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concorso Enologico Internazionale Vinitaly 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2004
2001 Vintage – Gold Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2004
1998 Vintage – Silver Trophy– Les Olympiades du Vin, Bordeaux 2001
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Intl. Wine Challenge, London 2002
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Challenge du Vin, Bordeaux 2001
1998 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial, Bruxelles 2001
1997 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin, Bordeaux 1999
1997 Vintage – Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge London, UK 1999