Alas it has been some time since I have written a wine review, largely due to my divergeance into the realm of fine ales and the produce of some excellent Irish microbreweries. However now is the time to make a return to the grape with some comments on a red wine from the Alentejano region of Portugal.
Firstly the nitty gritty as it were, this wine’s ABV is 13.5% and I purchased it at my local off licence for €12.99, which I will admit is a smidge higher than I would usually wish to pay, unless for a special occassion. This wine pours a ruby colour, and theres an aroma of blacberry and dark fruit on the nose with just a hint of subtle oak. On the palate thereo is sweet, ripe black fruit with notes of chocolate and just a suggestion of smooth oak. It has a deliciously silky smooth texture with smooth tannins and the chocolate and spice combine for a lingering finish.
Overall I enjoyed this wine immensely if it was under €10 I would give it 9 corks out of 10, however, for me, the price does drop it a point, so 8 corks it is.
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This is certainly a heady blend of recognisable grape varieties with numerous native Portuguese ones and lead me to do a little research on the producer.
With its excellent geological and weather conditions, well suited to the production of some of the best wines that the Alentejo has to offer, Monte da Ravasqueira owns a 43,86 hectares of vineyard, with an annual production of 200,000 bottles.
Monte da Ravasqueira is included in the Alentejo Wine Route. In July 2005 it has been included in the prestigious International Vineyards of Renown, with consequent membership of the ARD-VD (Association pour la Recherche et le Développment en Viticulture Durable). The aim of the association is to contribute to the acquisition of know-how and experience leading to the implementation of production methods compatible with Rational Farming based, in turn, on Integrated Production. (portuguesetopwine.com)
I have endeavoured to provide links to further information on the region and some of the varietals mentioned here, simply click on the blue text where appropriate.