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Producer : Cortes de Cima
Region : Alentejo (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)
Bottle Per Case : 12 x 750ml
Food Pairing : Cured Meat, Hard Cheese
"Mid but deep cherry red. Lifted and sweet dark-red and black fruit – a mix of cherry and blackberry – with a slight smokiness that might be a touch of reduction or perhaps just the Syrah. Lovely fruit with just a touch of pepper. Vibrant and juicy on the palate, this is not complex but it is a terrific mouthful of fruit and freshness. Light but sufficient tannins. Very good value and surprisingly persistent."
Very Good Value - Julia Harding MW, Jancis Robinson, Jan 2020
|Bottles Per Case||12 Pack|
|Cellaring||Drink Now or Cellar|
|Sweetness||XD - Extra Dry See Sweetness Chart|
|Producer||Cortes de Cima|
|Region||Alentejo (Portugal), Portugal (Portugal)|
|Style||Warm and fruity|
|Grapes||5% Alicante Bouschet, 45% Aragonez, 30% Syrah / Shiraz, 15% Touriga Nacional, 5% Trincadeira|
|Food Pairing||Cured Meat, Hard Cheese|
|Price of Case||$239.88|
When the owners, Hans and Carrie acquired the property in 1988, Cortes de Cima was considered an average-sized estate for the Alentejo region with its 375 hectares of olive groves and dry arable land. In 1991, they started to plant 50 hectares of vines.
In 1996, Cortes de Cima’s first vintage – grown, produced and bottled on the family estate – made it to market. Local wine experts were scornful and openly criticized their winemaking methods. Regardless, Hans and Carrie decided to send wines from their first two vintages (1996 and 1997) to London’s International Wine Challenge in 1998 and had the last laugh, earning the highest honours for Portugal! Afterwards, their first syrah, Incógnito 1998, won a gold medal in Brussels. Before long, the Portuguese press was praising the vineyard, calling it ‘the latest discovery in wine production.’ From that moment on, their reputation in Portugal was established, and Cortes de Cima’s wines, Chaminé and Incógnito, were well on their way to becoming the iconic brands they are today. The estate now counts 130 hectares of vines, mainly Aragonez, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Petit Verdot, Anton Vaz and Verdelho, but Hans, as passionate as ever, continues to experiment with new varieties.
It's important to remember that taste is subjective, and personal preferences play a significant role.
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