In 1991, we were the first ones to plant Syrah in the Alentejo, choosing rootstock from southern Rhone clones.
Winter rainfall was plentiful, followed by an excellent summer growing season, mild for Alentejan standards. An early harvest with a rapid end, due to the early arrival of September rains.
Made exclusively from selected Syrah grapes hand picked at optimum maturity from chosen sites 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 7 months in French (90%) and American (10%) oak barrels.
This wine shows aromas of red and blue berries, plummy, with nicely integrated spicy oak notes. Richly layered soft fruit on the palate, good depth and great balance.