The top of the range, made only in exceptional years. Complex layers of fruit, long on the palate with solid tannins.
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.
A selection of the best parcels in the best years, our Reserva is only produced in our best vintages. A blend of Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Petit Verdot and Alicante Bouschet grown sustainably on the ancient clay over limestone soils in own vineyards surrounding our estate in Vidigueira.
Each parcel was harvested separately according to ripeness. The fruit was destemmed and gently crushed, following fermentation under temperature control for 2 weeks in stainless steel tanks, with gentle punchdowns, pumpovers and delestage. Each parcel matured separately in french oak (90%) and american oak (10%) for 14 months. After which a selection of the best barrels were blended and the wine was bottled at the estate in April 2016.
Our Winemaker's Comments
Intense notes of spice, chocolate and dark berry fruits are supported by seamless tannins and a creamy texture.
Total Acids: 5.5 Final pH: 3.43 Total Sugar: 0.4 Alcohol: 14% Barrel Ageing: 14 months in FO (90%) / AO (10%) Grown, produced and bottled on the family estate.
Available in bottles of 75 cl
92 - Robert Parker
“Shows fine concentrations. The mid-palate counters the structure, while the tannins are rather ripe. The finish is long and filled with flavor. The balance is impeccable.” Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate, August 2019