£ 20.45, 75 cl
45% Syrah/Shiraz 40% Touriga Franca 15% Alicante Bouschet
A unique blend of classic Portuguese varieties gives this wine a ripe, rounded complexity with a wide range of dark red and plummy fruit while the French and American oak ageing adds a spicy smoothness to the finish.
This wine is a smooth, rounded blend of fruity aromas with dense fruit and plummy flavours that give way to soft, velvety tannins on the finish.
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.
All grape varieties were fermented in separate stainless steel 10 tonne tanks for up to 10 days at temperatures of 22ºC-24ºC. The must was left on skins before being pressed and going through malolactic fermentation. The Azamor Selected Vines 2013 was aged for 12 months in a mixture of French and American oak.
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.