Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional (40%), Syrah (25%),Aragonez (25%),Cabernet Sauvignon (10%)
Concept and Style: A fusion wine; blending leading Portuguese and French varietals to produce a delicious red that is young, warm, fruity and medium-bodied, so attractive we had to call it SEXY!
Tasting notes: Deep ruby-violet colour with an intense aroma of dark woodland fruits framed by notes of toast and caramel from French oak. Concentrated ripe tannins and intense fruit.
In the Vineyard: The ripening months in Southern Portugal’s Alentejo region are hot and dry with cold nights. The vines grow on infertile rocky schist or granitic soils naturally producing low yields of concentrated fruit. Grape quality is assured by restricting yield to 7000kg/ha and employing careful canopy management practices. At harvest the grapes are selectively hand-picked into small boxes at their peak of maturity.
In the Winery: All bunches are inspected for quality on a sorting table before they are gently crushed and moved by gravity into temperature controlled stainless steel vats. After a few days cold macerating, wild yeasts begin the fermentation spontaneously. Fermentation proceeds with temperatures held at around 27ºC and a regime of regular pump-overs, this is followed by a post fermentation maceration of up to 15 days.
Food Matching: Serve at 16ºC and enjoy with well flavoured dishes of either red meats or elaborately seasoned white meats. A wine that can accompany either traditional or modern cuisine.
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