Petit Verdot IGP Alentejano

Alentejo

Azamor

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.

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Vineyards

The Alentejo climate is known for its cold winters and hot summers. In the winter, the temperature can drop down to 0°C; in summer, it can rise to 43°C. Humidity ranges between 20% in the summer and 100% in the winter, with an average rainfall of 450mm per year.

Vintage Information

2008 was a fresh and wet winter with slowly increasing temperatures until the summer when there was a hot spell for 2 weeks. Rainfall was around 55cm and the Azamor vineyards produced above average quantities of grapes. Petit Verdot was picked on the 18th, 23rd and 24th of September with the fruit in great condition.

Vinification

The Petit Verdot grapes were fermented in a separate stainless steel 10 ton tanks for 10 days starting slowly at around 21ºC and gradually increasing to 24ºC by the 9th day. The wine was left on the skins before being pressed and before going through malolatic fermentation. It was then aged for 12 months in the cellars, 50% in new French Saury barrels, and the remainder in stainless steel tanks.

Tasting Notes

An elegant red wine with a delicate fruit aroma of damsons and blackberries, soft fresh fruit flavours and classic spice and chocolate from ageing in top quality French oak barrel. The wine finishes with lingering, ripe tannins and intense flavours of cassis, blueberry and spices.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 85% Petit Verdot
15% Syrah/Shiraz
Region Alentejo
Winemaker Alison Luiz-Gomes
Alcohol (ABV) 14.5%
Acidity 4.9g/l
Residual Sugar 2.4g/l
Wine pH 3.8