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Cortes de Cima Sauvignon Blanc

A 100% Sauvignon Blanc produced exclusively from grapes grown at our Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards near Vila Nova de Milfontes.

 

Vintage

An exceptionally early and compressed harvest, resulting from one of the hottest and driest years in decades.

Vinification

Made entirely from Sauvignon Blanc grapes, grown sustainably in sandy soils in our cool, Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards.

Harvested during the cool hours of the early morning. The grapes were transported under temperature control to our winery, where they were destemmed and gently pressed. The free run juice was separated and cold settled, prior to racking with partial solids to a combination of stainless steel tanks (80%) and 1st and 2nd year 500L French oak barrels (20%) where fermentation took place at controlled temperatures. Matured on fine lees for 4 months. No malolactic fermentation. After maturation the wines were blended and bottled at the estate in February 2018.

Tasting Notes

Aromas of passion fruit and gooseberry with grassy, floral, jasmine notes. The palate is intense of tropical fruit, a crunchy acidity, with a long and persistent finish.

Appelation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 100% Sauvignon Blanc
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

Total Acidity: 6.0
Final pH: 3.26
Reducing Sugar: 1.1
Alcohol: 12.5%
Barrel ageing15% of the blend aged for 4 months in French Oak.
Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate

Available in bottles of 75 cl, and Magnuns of 150 cl 

Awards

Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2019

Ratings

90 - Robert Parker
16 - Jancis Robinson

Reviews

"When I first saw the Sauvignons here, I thought they were on the right track. Lately, it is pretty clear that they have arrived. If you like them on the vegetal side—yes, there are some nuances of broccoli and olives—this is pretty terrific. Solid in the mid-palate, it shows off its relatively fresh personality too. It's easy to make big Sauvignons. Making fresh ones is sometimes harder, especially in big vintages. For all of its exuberance, if you let it warm and sit on the tongue, you'll also see how concentrated the fruit is. It doesn't feel thick, jammy or clumsy, but that subtle, unctuous concentration serves it in good stead. This is nicely done." - Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, Jun 2018

“Has all the ripeness and flavour of the Alentejo allied to the freshness of the maritime site. Good Value.Julia Harding MW, jancisrobinson.com, October 2018

Track Record

2016 Vintage – Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales 2018
2016 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2016 Vintage – 90 – Wine Enthusiast
2016 Vintage – 16 – Jancis Robinson
2015 Vintage – Bronze Medal – Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2016
2015 Vintage – Bronze Medal – The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016
2015 Vintage – 90 – Robert Parker
2015 Vintage – 90 (Editors’ Choice) - Wine Enthusiast
2015 Vintage – 16,5 – Jancis Robinson
2014 Vintage – 88 – Robert Parker
2014 Vintage – Silver Medal – The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2016
2014 Vintage – Silver Medal – Challenge International du Vin 2015
2014 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2015
2013 Vintage – 87 – Robert Parker
2013 Vintage – Bronze Medal – The Global Sauvignon Blanc Masters 2014
2013 Vintage – Bronze Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2014
2013 Vintage – Bronze Medal - Concours Mondial du Sauvignon 2014
2013 Vintage – Commended – International Wine Challenge 2015
2013 Vintage – Commended – Decanter Asia Wine Awards 2014
2012 Vintage – 87 – Robert Parker
2012 Vintage - Commended – International Wine Challenge 2013
2012 Vintage - Commended – Decanter World Wine Awards 2013
2011 Vintage – Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
2011 Vintage - Bronze Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2013
2011 Vintage – Bronze Medal – Decanter World Wine Awards 2012