Very deep colored, with just a hint of crimson on the rim. Fresh, mineral aromas with mountain breeze clarity denote altitude and the schist and granite soils. A flinty, graphite edge reflects minerality and forest vegetation. Some discreet fruit comes through, initially blueberry and, as the wine opens, some distinctive strawberry notes. Quite reserved on the palate, beginning to show black plum, dark chocolate, and a subtle
nuance of liquorice. Peppery tannins and bright acidity underpin the substantial structure, which needs some further bottle age for the wine to fully reveal its singular character.
In Portalegre, the agricultural year was dry and relatively mild with the wide diurnal temperature variations during the hotter months contributing to an even progression of the maturations and to the preservation of the acidity in the grapes, which reached the vintage particularly fresh and with aromatic exuberance. There was some rain during August in the lead up to the vintage and this rebalanced the vines in the final ripening stretch and created the necessary conditions for completion of phenolic maturation. Yields were relatively low, and this contributed to better balance and higher quality in the grapes. We produced very fresh, elegant wines, whilst still taut and with a well-defined texture. In this third vintage in Portalegre, we made wines that were the closest yet to the typical profile of this sub-region.
Charles Symington, Pedro Correia and José Daniel Soares (resident winemaker)
90 Points, Wine Enthusiast, 2022
80% Aged 11mo in 2nd yr French Oak
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