Aragonés, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet
Alc. 13.5 %
Cortes de Cima is based in Vidigueira, the southernmost appellation of the greater Alentejo region. The winery was founded in 1988 by Danish-American couple, Hans and Carrie Jorgensen, after their sailboat 'Gazelle la Goelette' docked in Portugal. The stunning landscape reminded Carrie of California, while Hans fell in the love with the Mediterranean sun. Alentejo enjoys 3,000 hours of sunshine every year. The winery is surrounded by nearly 600 acres of vines, 120 acres of olive trees and another 250 of cork, pine and oak reforestation. A blend of 45% Aragonez (Tempranillo), 30% Syrah, 12% Touriga Nacional, 7% Trincadeira, and 6% Alicante Bouschet. The winery notes that the vintage was very favourable, leading to ideal growing conditions and one of the best vintages. Cold and dry winter, warm and dry summer, followed by a dry September, with no heat waves and extreme weather, produced a consistent growing season. The wine was ermented without stems under controlled temperature, and stored in stainless steel tanks before early bottling, un-fined and filtered. Please decant 20 minutes prior to serving, at 16C.
Bright violet purple, clean and clear colouring with a slender, pale rim.
We are noting an abundance of blueberry and vanilla. Think of lemon custard, creamy and rich, with sugar dusted blueberries on-top. The herbal nature of the nose also reminds us of a blueberry flavoured black tea.
The wine does not spend any time in oak, all of the tannin and secondary flavours are produced from components of the grapes. Tannins are supple with a light grip, while the acidity is moderate, creating a graceful balance. Again, we are greeted with more expressions of blueberry, reminiscent of a bruleé, the blueberries offer an additional note of caramel or burnt sugar.
Homemade beef burgers, traditional toppings and a side of smashed potatoes. We think adding Paprika to the burger and potatoes would be ideal.