Winemaking: Treaded by foot in lagares, the fermentation lasted from 4 to 5 days, producing an excellent extract. This Vintage was aged for 18 months in large old oak barrels (vats and casks). Bottling took place 2 years after the harvest, in July 1999.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Tasting Notes: Intense, with a very dense colour and delicate brownish reflections, characteristic of an evolution taking place in bottle. Appetising, fresh and alluring aroma, black plum, cassis, anise and tobacco notes and a slight touch of lavender. Creamy mouth, very aromatic, cocoa, cherry and pipe tobacco. It is refreshing without being heavy, good tannin structure and a long and aromatic finish.
Store and Serve Advices: Should be opened two hours before serving and decanted. Serve between 17º and 18º C. Store the bottle on its side, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Food Pairing: Served after dinner, it pairs well with Stilton, Gorgonzola and other full-fat cheeses. An ideal accompaniment to a strong cigar.
Reviews and Awards:
. 93 points in Robert Parker;
. 91 points in Jamie Goode;
. 90 points in Stephen Tanzer;
. 89 points in CellarTracker;
. 86 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. Gold medal Mundus Vini 2017;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2016;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2013.