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Syrah

In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones.

Vintage 2013

A dry winter, followed by a cold and wet spring. A moderate summer, which heated up in August. A delayed growing season, with late flowering, ripening and a large harvest. High Acids, ripe tannins.

Vinification

Made 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 (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.

Tasting Notes

This wine shows brooding aromas of dark berry fruits, blackberry and plum, with some earthy, spicy complexity. Layers of rich, ripe fruit are supported by a solid palate.

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

Total Acids: 5.6
Final pH: 3.70
Total Sugar: 3.8
Alcohol: 14 %
Barrel aging: 8 months in French Oak (90%) and American Oak (10%)


Available in half bottles (37cl), and normal bottles (75cl) - Grown, produced and bottled at the family estate.

Awards

Silver Medal - Decanter World Wine Awards 2016
Silver Medal - Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2016
Silver Medal - Mundus Vini 2016

Ratings

89 - Robert Parker
88- Wine Spectator 

Reviews

"It is lifted, fruity, bright and sunny. it has a nice backbone, an elegant mid-palate and some grip on the remarkably tasty finish. This lively and graceful Syrah should be a great food wine in particular." 89 points – Mark Squires, Robert Parker

“Nicely oaky, with plenty of smoky notes to the ripe plum and roasted cherry flavors. Pepper and dried herb hints on the finish.” ​-  88 - Wine Spectator

Track Record

2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge 2015
2012 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
2011 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition 2013
2010 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2012
2009 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
2008 Vintage - Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2011
2007 Vintage - 90 – Wine Enthusiast “Editors Choice”
2007 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial Bruxelles – 2009
2007 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2010
2007 Vintage - Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2009
2007 Vintage - Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin – Bordeaux 2010
2005 Vintage - Gold Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2009
2005 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2008
2005 Vintage - Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2008
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal (BEST IN CLASS) – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition – UK 2007
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal – Mundus Vini – Germany 2006
2004 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin – Bruxelles 2006
2003 Vintage - Gold Medal – Mundus Vini
2003 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales
2003 Vintage - Silver Medal – Intl Wine & Spirit Competition
2003 Vintage - Silver Medal – Concours Mondial du Vin
2003 Vintage - Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition
2002 Vintage - Silver Medal – S.F. Intl Wine Competition – California 2004
2002 Vintage - Silver Medal – International Wine Challenge – London 2004
2002 Vintage - Silver Medal – Vinalies Internationales – France 2004
2001 Vintage - Silver Medal – Challenge Intl. du Vin, Bordeaux 2003