The 2011 vintage was not an easy one for the Alentejo region. After the record rainfall in the winter season, the region got hit with a record of tropical heat in May. Cortes de Cima decided to harvest super early that year, the yield and grape quality was very good. Fermentation went in controlled temperature, grapes stemless. Aged for 12 months in 80%/20% French/American Oak barriques.
The wine is a sensationally done assemblage of 35% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 35% Syrah, 13% Touriga Nacional, 7% Petit Verdot, 5% Alicante Bouschet, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine was already beautiful, as a young one in 2011 and 2014. Who made it without opening and stored in good conditions until 2019 can enjoy a beautiful, elegant but powerful wine.
👀 Appearance: The wine is clear with deep intensity, garnet in appearance.
👃 Nose: clean, pronounced aromas of ripe fruits, as well as some wood, smoke.
👅 Palate: one can truly taste all that ripe, soaked in sun fruit. Beautiful ripe black cherries, plums, ripe berries, there is also something from anise in the background. Moderate tannins, medium+ body, and long finish make this wine a very complete and very good companion to enjoy.
💣 ABV: 14%
I’m glad to have several bottles still sitting. Even though it’s been 8 years now – the wine still have enough potential to age properly. If you ever get your hands on that beast of a wine – do not hesitate and take a few bottles right away!
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