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Home Winners > Winners 2020 > Alentejo - Red

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Alentejo - Red

It’s not often that the Alentejo secures more places on the Gold List than the Douro – in fact, we don’t think it’s ever done it before. But it managed it this year. Moreover, judging by the feedback from our tasters, there’s no reason it can’t happen again.

Key to the region’s success was, broadly speaking, plenty of ripe fruit to make the wines instantly appealing to the public, and enough structure to keep food-matchers happy. Not only that, but, unlike the Douro, for instance, there was no shortage of decent entries at listable prices. Seventy per cent of all the wines to pick up an award here were under £14, with half of our medal winners under £10.

This looks like a region to watch out for next year. Can the Alentejo press on from here?

From The Tasting Teams

‘These were very interesting, from the entry level to the top end. There was good ripeness and well-integrated oak. There’s a lot of alcohol from the warmer climate, but none were out of balance.’ Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome

‘You expect high acidity and tannins, but there are nice fruit characteristics too. At £8-£12 you can find very interesting wines here, though above that you might struggle.’ Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club

‘It’s nice to see some wines outside of the Douro. The lower prices worked particularly well, with good typicity. It’s a region that has value for money, and you could age some too.’ Lionel Periner, team leader

‘From my experience over the years, when you go to Portugal, you’re not disappointed. It’s never the wrong choice.’ Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant

‘These were full bodied, with high tannins, but drinking well. And good value too.’ Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome

‘As an up-and-coming region, the Alentejo is a rising star.’ Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club

Award winners

Found 10 wines

Portugal: Alentejo – Red

Parras Wines, Indelével 2019, Alentejo, Portugal

Gold medal winner

'A great taste of southern Portugal, with plum and red fruit aromas and an intense palate with some elegant dry tannins, and a long and refreshing finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'A lifted nose of red fruit with some floral nuances, with good acidity and crunchy fruit texture on the palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'A wine by the glass if ever I’ve seen one.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£7.02 Parras Wines

Azamor, Single Estate 2016, Alentejo, Portugal

Gold medal winner

'An enticing nose of fruit pie and creamy custard, with a pleasantly fresh and crunchy palate and good structure. This will age well.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'Intense dark red fruits and some fine, high tannins, along with some tertiary aromas such as tobacco and coffee, with some good acidity supporting the rich structure.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.

£9.95 Liberty Wines

Herdade Tinto e Branco, Quinta do Paral, Reserva Tinto 2017, Alentejo, Portugal

Gold medal winner

'Great complexity, with oak intensity and some grainy, elegant tannins, with notes of chocolate, toast, smoke and vanilla, and a very elegant finish.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome. 'A wonderfully open nose with a medley of dark fruit - a modern style.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'With Mediterranean herbs, dark cherries and liquorice, this is good for a steakhouse wine list.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant.

£23.45 Herdade Tinto e Branco, Unipessoal, Lda

Azamor, Selected Vines 2014, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Rich black fruit, with hints of leather and forest floor, as well as some notes of development well integrated with good balance of alcohol and fruit intensity, leading to a good finish with grainy tannins.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome. 'A very good wine with tertiary notes, lots of fruit and cracked pepper. Dry, grippy and lovely.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£13.95 Liberty Wines

Herdade Tinto e Branco, Quinta do Paral, Vinhas Velhas Tinto 2017, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'An elegant style with dark fruit, oak and some light smoke on the nose, and a complex palate with refined fruity oak that's well balanced, and with a great finish.' Lionel Periner, team leader. 'Chewy, big and fruit driven, with roses, violets and big florality, with notes of almonds, red velvet cake and chocolate too. Fantastic.' Michael Driscoll, Careys Manor Hotel & SenSpa.

£27.48 Herdade Tinto e Branco, Unipessoal, Lda

Herdade do Rocim, Mariana, Red 2018, Alentejo, Portugal

Silver medal winner

'Herbal notes overlay fragrant cherries and plums, with fresh acidity backed up by a smooth mouthfeel on the fruity palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club. 'Lifted notes of redcurrants and herbs, and a tightly structured palate.' Michael Fiducia, Royal Automobile Club.

£8.28 Hallgarten & Novum Wines

Monte da Ravasqueira, Coutada Velha, Signature Red 2018, Alentejo, Portugal

Bronze medal winner

'This has a real sense of place, with some blackberry jam and cherry tart notes. Great by the glass, and with food.' Elena Serban, Heritage Restaurant. 'Full aromas of fresh, juicy dark fruit, with a generous palate. Some great value for the price.' Lionel Periner, team leader.

£6.75 Bancroft Wines

Espaço Rural, Bojador, Vinho de Talha Tinto 2018, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Espaço Rural, Bojador Tinto 2018, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

Azamor, Petit Verdot 2015, Alentejo, Portugal

Commended medal winner

£13.77 Liberty Wines

 

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