This summer we had the opportunity to travel Portugal and experience some Portuguese wine.
One of the highlights of our trip was a visit at Cortes de Cima. A guided tasting of 6 of their wines currently available on the market – Courela, Chaminé Branco and Tinto, Cortes de Cima Rosé and Tinto, Syrah. The tasting was accompanied by Cortes de Cima olive oil with stone oven bread.
One of our favorite:
Cortes de Cima Tinto
The estate wine is a full bodied blend of Aragonez, Syrah and other Portuguese varieties, barrel aged for up to 12 months. The berry fruits are solid, concentrated, balanced with ripe tannins.
Harvest 2012, their 17th harvest. A record cold and dry winter, followed by a cold and wet spring. Superlative summer. All in all, a quality driven vintage!
Well ripened fruit. Fermented without stems under controlled temperature, with frequent pisage and delestage. Aged for 12 months in French (80%), American (20%) oak barrels, and then blended to give balanced varietal fruit and oak complexity. Bottled, unfined and filtered.
Spicy, savory aromas with some vanillin notes. Sweet, savoury fruit, flavors with an elegant palate.