Esporao, Monte Velho, Tinto, Alentejo
£13.99

Variety:  40% Aragonêz, 30% Trincadeira,  20% Touriga Nacional, 5% Syrah

Vintage:  2013

Region:  Alentejo, Portugal

Vineyard and Viticulture:

Planted on North facing vineyards at an altitude of 220m, the vineyards are on average 15 years old producing yields of 50 hl/ha. The soils are predominantly granite/schist, with a layer of clay & loam soil. Integrated pest control and a sustainable viticultural approach is used.Monte Velho  means ‘old mountain’ in Portuguese. This wine is one of the most recognized premium wines in Portugal.  

Vinification:

Grapes are hand harvested, de-stemmed and lightly crushed. Fermentation lasted for 7 days at 25ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel vats before pressing using a membrane press. The wine is then racked off its lees and matured in new American oak barrels for 6 months. The wine undergoes full malolactic fermentation to soften the mouthfeel & provide a rounder finish.

Tasting Notes:

Intense spicy aroma of mature red berry fruits with underlying oaky notes. Full bodied with good depth of flavours & firm tannins.

Serving Suggestion:

Great with full flavoured dishes, Italian foods & cheese.