Alfrocheiro 2019

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 subregion.


James Suckling

Notes of crushed wild berries, raspberry bush, dried blood orange and cocoa powder. Some cloves, too. Pine needles. Pure and juicy berry character with medium to full body. Fresh and crunchy, but with depth and complexity. Crushed rocks, rosemary and spiced fruit at the end. Racy finish. Drink or hold.

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