susana estebanProcura'2011

Reviews

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18/20

2013/10Revista de Vinhos

Highlighted in “News of the Month”

2013/11Guia de Vinhos de Portugal 2014

“BEST OF THE YEAR”

2014/01The Wine Detective

“My 2013 Top Twelve Red Wines of the Year”

18.5/20

2014/02Revista Wine

AWARD TOP 10 PORTUGUESE WINES

2014/02Revista de Vinhos

EXCELLENCE AWARD “Best Portuguese Wines in 2013”

PROCURA 2011 is the first wine from my personal project. For two years I’ve searched all over the Alentejo for the perfect vineyard. It was only in 2011 that I finally found the two vineyard blocks I was looking for, even though with radical differences between them. While one of the blocks hides a vineyard of Alicante Bouschet with very low yields planted on schistous soils, near Évora, the second block hides a mixed traditional vineyard in a much cooler part of Alentejo. A traditional mixed vineyard of extremely low yields that adds an unusual complexity and freshness to the wine. The combination of the two blocks gives birth to this unique and full of character wine.

DOC
_ Regional Alentejano
Varieties
_ 40% Alicante Bouschet, 60% from a traditional mixed vineyard in Portalegre
Harvest
_ Manual harvest to 20kg boxes, with rigorous selection at the cellar
Vinification
_ In small temperature controlled inox lagares.
Ageing
_ 14 months in French oak barrels, 30% of them new and 70% second year
Bottling
_ May 2013
Production
_ 3900 bottles

Tasting note

Dark red color. Fruity and intense but without any traces of over maturation, it shows intriguing tobacco leaves notes, pencil lead and a powerful mineral sensation that combine with a slight vegetal feeling that adds tension and complexity. Powerful but sharp, austere but still delicate on tannins, it ends up fresh and vigorous.

Alcohol
_ 14.5
Total acidity
_ 6.3
pH
_ 3.55
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