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Cortes de Cima Reserva

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

Vintage 2014

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.

Vinification

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.

Appellation: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties: 35% Aragonez, 30% Syrah, 15% Touriga Nacional, 15% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Touriga Franca
Sustainable Viticulture: Integrated Protection

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

Ratings

92 - Robert Parker

Reviews

“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

Track Record - Ratings

2012 Vintage – 92 – Robert Parker
2012 Vintage – 92 – Wine Enthusiast
2011 Vintage – 94 – Robert Parker
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

2012 Vintage – Gold Medal - Mundus Vini 2017
2011 Vintage – Gold Medal – Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014
2011 Vintage – Gold Medal - Mundus Vini 2015
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