Grape Variety: Syrah
Inky and dark, this aromatic, full-flavoured wine simply bursts with ripe blueberry and plum. Grapes are grown on clay and schist vineyards in Alentejo, southern Portugal, and mechanical harvested during night. There is an intriguing undercurrent of smoke and wonderfully peppery spice with an explosion of crunchy, fresh red fruit. Juicy, a total pleasure to drink.
What the producer says:
In the Alentejo, harvest started about a fortnight later than usual with the double challenges of uneven ripeness and low acidity (in an area of high summer temperatures where acidity is generally not high anyway). The final result is less grape but better-quality wines.
Region: Alentejo, Portugal
Soil type: Clay and Schist
Grape varieties: Syrah
Vineyard management: The producers work the vineyard under the principle of “Earth Friendly” – with an organic philosophy aligned to overall care for the wildlife, and with sustainable farm and animal management.
Harvest: Mechanical Harvested during the night. Total Destemming.
Maceration: Maceration before fermentation during 48h. Maceration after fermentation between 5 and 10 days.
Fermentation: Fermentation with controlled temperature (22ºC-28ºC) in stainless steel vats. Malolactic fermentation in stainless still vats with oak staves.
Ageing: 6 months in French Barrels
Deep ruby hue with violet hints, complex aromas of red fresh fruits and orange peel, with balsamic and roasted taste. Very vibrant with notes of freshly squeezed fruit, this Syrah is round on the palate and shows great richness and volume, a well-balanced acidity, and elegant tannins. It has a long and complex finish. Superb
Food pairings: Mediterranean food in general, pasta, lamb, poultry and soft cheeses
Since 2003 Casa Agrícola Alexandre Relvas has won many national and international awards.
“Highly recommended “ (90-94 points ) in Decanter 2016: Herdade São Miguel colheita Seleccionada 2014 and Herdade São Miguel Reserva 2012