Azamor Alentejo Red 2019
Azamor Alentejo Red
Azamor Alentejo Red is beautifully aromatic with lush dark red fruit perfumes. On the palate, the wine is well rounded with an abundance of delicious soft fruit flavours. It finishes smooth and persistent, with soft ripe tannins.
On the palate the wine is robust and chunky, with tremendous structure, packed with ripe, rich fruit and a lovely spicy sheen from the French and American oak ageing.
The family owned estate of Azamor was purchased by Alison and Joaquim Luiz-Gomes in 1998. Known as the "bread basket" of Portugal, the Alentejo has staked a claim as one of the country's most important red wine regions. It is renowned for its consistency of good quality, excellent value, fruit driven wines. Unlike many producers in the region, Azamor's vineyards are planted on low vigour hillside sites, which gives their wines more depth of flavour. Alison uses a mixture of local varieties like Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet, as well as international ones such as Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot.
Alison was awarded a post-graduation in oenology awarded by the Universidade Cátolica do Porto. Alison met her husband at Manchester Business School before moving to Portugal and taking a Marketing of Wines course at UC of Davis California. Is now totally dedicated to the Azamor project!
The Azamor vineyards are unique. The 27 hectares of vineyards are situated at 350m above sea level, they look out over a vast landscape, including a breathtaking view of Spain. They are the most densely planted in the region of Alentejo; the north-south rows are planted 2.2m x 0.9m. The vines grow on clay soils with bedrock of schist, one to two metres deep.
All grape varieties were fermented in separate stainless steel tanks for nearly ten days, between 22ºC to 24ºC. The fermented must was left on skins before being pressed and before going through malolactic fermentation. 70% of the wine was aged in stainless steel, with the remainder being aged for seven months in French and American oak barrels.
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