The family owned estate of Azamor was purchased by Alison and Joaquim Luiz-Gomes in 1998...
Known as the “bread basket” of Portugal, the Alentejo has staked a claim as one of the country’s most important red wine regions. It is renowned for its consistency of good quality, excellent value, fruit driven wines. Unlike many producers in the region, Azamor’s vineyards are planted on low vigour hillside sites, which gives their wines more depth of flavour. Alison uses a mixture of local varieties like Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet, as well as international ones such as Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot.
Country: Portugal Region: Alentejo
17% Alicante Bouchet
16% Touriga Franca
Vintage: 2013 Colour: Red Style: Dry
The Azamor vineyards are unique. The 27 hectares of vineyards are situated at 350m above sea level, they look out over a vast landscape, including a breathtaking view of Spain. They are the most densely planted in the region of Alentejo; the north-south rows are planted 2.2m x 0.9m. The vines grow on clay soils with bedrock of schist, one to two metres deep.
The 2013 harvest started on the 9th of September, the latest Azamor have started harvest since 2003. The last grapes were picked on the 4th of October. The growing season was cool with a wet spring. With the longer hang time and cooler picking conditions, the grapes were of exceptional quality and beautifully complex and balanced. This promises to be one of the great vintages of this decade for Azamor.
All grape varieties were fermented in separate stainless steel tanks for nearly ten days, between 22ºC to 24ºC. The fermented must was left on skins before being pressed and before going through malolactic fermentation. 70% of the wine was aged in stainless steel, with the remainder being aged for seven months in French and American oak barrels. The wine was blended in January 2015 and bottled in March 2015.
Ageing Potential: 3-5 Years
Azamor 2013 is beautifully aromatic with lush dark red fruit perfumes. On the palate, the wine is well rounded with an abundance of delicious soft fruit flavours. It finishes smooth and persistent, with soft ripe tannins.
Food Matches: Beef / Duck / Barbecues / Hors d'Oeuvres