The grapes in this wine were grown in the Alentejano region, which is located in southern Portugal, an area that borders Spain to the east, stretching to the Atlantic on the west coast.
In addition to being an expanding wine region, Alentjano is the world’s most important area for the growing of cork. Cork-oak, known in Portugal as “sobreiro”, has been grown commercially in the region for the past 300 years. The bark of the cork-oak is still harvested by teams of men using locally made hand-axes. No mechanical method has yet been invented that will allow the harvest to be achieved as effectively. The stripping of the bark is performed only in midsummer, when the bark can be removed more easily. The cork-oak is the only tree known that will allow this regular stripping of bark without damage. The harvest of one mature tree provides sufficient bark to produce about 4,000 wine bottle corks! The industry provides employment for about 60,000 workers.
This complex wine is made from 4 different grapes: Syrah, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Alicante Bouschet, blended to make a complex layered wine with the Tempranillo and Alicante bringing a freshness of fruit, and a vibrancy while the Syrah brings spice and floral notes. The Petit Verdot is the backbone: full of structure and firmness.