Azamor, Vinho Regional Alentejano Tinto, 2016
Alentejo Portugal

Azamor, Vinho Regional Alentejano Tinto, 2016
£ 14.45, 75 cl

Red Wine

20% Syrah/Shiraz 18% Alicante Bouschet 17% Merlot

A unique Portuguese blended of seven different grape varieties, with an rich palate and an abundance of delicious soft fruit flavours.

Tasting notes

Beautifully aromatic with a lush, deep red fruit perfume. On the palate, the wine is well rounded with sumptuous soft fruit flavours. The finish is long, with ripe tannins.

Vinyards

The Azamor vineyards are unique. The 27 hectares of vineyards, situated at 350 metres above sea level, 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 2.2 metres by 0.9 metres. The vines grow on clay soils with bedrock of schist, one to two metres deep.

Vinification

All grape varieties were fermented in separate stainless steel tanks for up to ten days at temperatures between 22-24ºC. Fruit underwent a period of cold maceration prior to fermentation to help extract tannins and aromatics. Post-fermentation, the wine was then pressed off the skins before undergoing malolactic fermentation. It was aged for seven months in three and four-year-old French and American oak barrels. It was then blended before ageing a further seven months prior to bottling.

Producer

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.

More from Azamor

Azamor, Petit Verdot Vinho Regional Alentejano, 2014
£ 19.45 75 cl, 14% abv

100% Petit Verdot

Alentejo, Portugal

Azamor, `Selected Vines` Vinho Regional Alentejano, 2014
£ 20.45 75 cl, 14% abv

45% Syrah/Shiraz 40% Touriga Franca 15% Alicante Bouschet

Alentejo, Portugal

Azamor, `Selected White` Vinho Regional Alentejano, 2015
£ 15.45 75 cl, 12.5% abv

50% Antão Vaz 50% Arinto/Pedernã

Alentejo, Portugal

Azamor, Petit Verdot Vinho Regional Alentejano, 2015
£ 19.95 75 cl

100% Petit Verdot

Alentejo, Portugal