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Alentejo (Alentejano)

Drive south east of Lisbon for a couple of hours, through vast forests that produce most of the worlds cork and eventually you get to the Alentejano.

On paper this dry and arid region is hardly conclusive to producing fines wine, yet with the careful vineyard section and modern wine making technology it has become a region to be reckon with.

Drive south east of Lisbon for a couple of hours, through vast forests that produce most of the worlds cork and eventually you get to the Alentejano.

On paper this dry and arid region is hardly conclusive to producing fines wine, yet with the careful vineyard section and modern wine making technology it has become a region to be reckon with.

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Sometimes confusion rains with between the names Alentejo and Alentejano. Legally the word Alentejo is only used for DOC wines and Alentejano for Vinho Regional wines (which is 99% of the production). The word Alentejo of an adjective meaning from the Alentejo.

Key Vines

The key vines are centred around indigenous Portuguese varieties with grapes such as Aragonez, Tincadera, Moreto and Castelao Frances being used for the reds. Though red wines dominate the region, white grapes are being planted such as Viognier, Verdhelo along side indigenous white Portuguese varieties.

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  1. Loureiro Joao Ramos, Vinho Verde

    Loureiro Joao Ramos, Vinho Verde, 2015 75cl

    Floral aromas are present throughout with this fresh and vibrant Vinho Verde. There is plenty of citrus fruit, balanced by generous minerality on a deep and long finish.

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  2. Terra d'Alter Viognier, Alentejano

    Terra d'Alter Viognier, Alentejano, 2014 75cl

    Showing classic aromas and flavours of Viognier. Strong floral notes on the nose with apricots and quince on the palate then a viscous and complex mineral finish.

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  3. Terra de Lobos Branco Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Branco Casal Branco, Tejo, 2015 75cl

    A plethora of aromas are detectable on the nose with apple, citrus and tropical fruits supported by a hint of spice. The palate is elegant and balanced with great structure and a cleansing finish.

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  4. Terra d'Alter Alicante Bouschet

    Terra d'Alter Alicante Bouschet, Alentejano, 2014 75cl

    Deep purple red very dense and dark this wine has a wonderful aroma of dark, spiced fruit with a wonderful floral nuance. On the palate plums, prune and damson notes show through balanced with a firm structure. The wine is silky and rich tannins with a very  long and rich finish with notes of chocolate and vanilla.

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  5. Smart Dog Syrah, J. P. Ramos, Alentejo

    Smart Dog Syrah, J. P. Ramos, Alentejano, 2015 75cl

    Intense aromas of red berries with some spicy notes coming through the ripe fruit flavours. The palate is smooth with soft tannin supporting generous fruit and a full body. The wine finishes with plenty of spice and decent length.

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  6. Terra d'Alter Telhas Tinto

    Terra d'Alter Telhas Tinto, 2012 75cl

    This classic blend of Syrah and Viognier (5%) shows the lifted aromatic characters of the Viognier complementing the brooding black fruit and pepper of the Syrah.

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  7. Terra d'Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejano

    Terra d'Alter Alfrocheiro, Alentejano, 2015 75cl

    Alfrocheiro is the Pinot of Portugal with the characteristic small bunches and berries, creating a wine redolent of black cherries and soft red fruits, and a creamy silky finish.

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  8. Terra de Lobos Tinto Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Tinto Casal Branco, Tejo, 2014 75cl

    Aromas of black fruit with some floral overtones fill the nose, there's also a hint of spice. In the mouth the wine is rich with a medium to full body and good fruit content. The finish is persistently pleasing.

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  9. Terra de Lobos Rose Casal Branco

    Terra de Lobos Rose Casal Branco, Tejo Portugal 2015 75cl

    Bags of summer fruit character here with raspberries and strawberries in abundance. This is supported by some floral notes and a touch of spice as the mouth fills with fresh fruit flavours. The finish brings elegance and structure, and is persistent. More about this product

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