PL Award 1: SILVER - SWA 2015
Country: Portugal Region:Alentejo Vintage: 2011
Varietal: Other varietal/blend Category: Red Wine Color: Red
"Alison and Joaquin Luiz Gomes bought the Azamor estate in 1998 and planted their first vineyard in 2001. Known as the bread basket of Portugal, the Alentejo has staked a claim as one of the country's most important red wine regions and is renowned for its consistency of good quality, excellent value, fruit driven wines.
Situated relatively far south, the Alentejo is known for its dry, hot summers, when the temperature can easily rise to 40-45°C. However, Azamor's 27 hectares of vineyards lie at 350 metres above sea level on low vigour, clay and schist slopes and are the most densely planted in the region. The resulting wines have an elegance, concentration and depth of flavour that is rare in the Alentejo.
Azamor uses a mixture of local varieties, such as Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, alongside international ones such as Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot, to produce bold yet elegant red wines that are packed with juicy fruit and ripe tannins. The 2013 `Selected Vines` is an intriguing blend of 45% Syrah, 40% Touriga Nacional and 15% Alicante Bouchet. A selection of the best grapes from their vineyards, this is a stunning wine from Alentejo. The 2011 Petit Verdot was a winner in the Wine Merchant Top 100 2016 competition. This single varietal wine is well-structured with delicate fruit flavours and soft tannins."
Product Features: Vegetarian
Winemaker: Alison Luiz-Gomes
The Alentejo climate is known for its cold winters and hot summers. In the winter, the temperature can drop down to 0°C; in summer, it can rise to 43°C. Humidity ranges between 20% in the summer and 100% in the winter, with an average rainfall of 450mm per year.
The Petit Verdot grapes were fermented in a separate stainless steel ten ton tanks for ten days starting slowly at around 21ºC and gradually increasing to 24ºC by the final day. The wine was left on the skins before being pressed and before going through malolatic fermentation. It was then aged for 12 months in the cellars, 35% in new and second use French Saury barrels, and the remainder in stainless steel tanks.
An exceptionally elegant red wine with a beautifully delicate fruit aroma, soft fresh fruit flavours and a classic French oak barrel lift. The wine has an excellent length and finishes with a balanced structure and soft tannins.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV:14.5% Classification: IGT
Acidity [g/l]: 5.6