Quinta do Alqueve, Touriga Nacional/Syrah, Ribatejo , 2008

  Pinhal da Torre

Produced in the same way as the Touriga, crushed by foot in stone lagares, fermented in vat and aged for a year in French oak. Always more closed and surly than the straight Touriga, brooding but evidently very classy nonetheless, dense but extremely well-polished tannins, rich notes of bramble, cassis, liquorice spice, blueberry, glints of bright cherry fruit, mixed spice, cracked pepper and herb.

Contains Sulphites.

About Pinhal da Torre

One of our new fi nds, Pinhal da Torre, are based in the Ribatejo, exploiting a mixture of the indigenous varieties Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Tinta Roriz along with international ones such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to produce Nova Safra (their entry level wine) and the Quinta do Alqueve range – a single estate in a prime part of the Ribatejo region. All winemaking is traditional mixed with modern technology. They manipulate 60 hectares of their own vineyards with a rigorous attention to detail. Everything is hand picked, the wines are 50% foot trodden in stone lagares and the wines undergo a year’s ageing in French and American oak barrel – the better the wine the more new oak being used.

Appellation: Ribatejo

Ribatejo can be found in central Portugal, just inland from the major city of Lisbon. A warm, dry area, it is also Portugal's only landlocked region – although it's climate is influenced considerably by the nearby Tejo river.

Grape Blend: Touriga Nacional | Syrah

Touriga Nacional is the back-bone to Port and many Portuguese dry reds. Pioneering producers are looking at ways of blending indigenous varietals with internationally recognised varietals such as Syrah to add complexity and interest. Pinhal da Torre's Quinta do Alqueve produce a fantastic example.