Alianca Vinhos de Portugal
Alabastro Alentejano 2020, Alianca Vinhos de Portugal
Portugal / Alentejo
Andy's Tasting Notes
A mellow and friendly southern Portuguese red, with warming flavours of black fruits, vineyard herbs, aromatic spice and dried figs. Unpretentious yet very pleasing and harmonious.
60% Aragonês, 30% Trincadeira, 10% Alicante Bouschet
Producer notes – production: A combination of hand and machine-picked grapes are sourced from Alianca’s own vineyards in the Alentejo region in the south-east, not far from the Spanish border. Here low yielding, old vines are tended traditionally from plantings on clay soils. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats controlled at 30 degrees for 6 days with extended maceration on the skins to extract sufficient colour, fruit and tannins. The wine is matured in tank for a few months before bottling.
Price per bottle £8.75
One of Portugal’s largest and most progressive producers with 600 hectares spread across estates in five regions from Douro in the north to Alentejo in the south. Winemaker Francisco Antunes oversees what must be one of the most diverse ranges in Europe – producing some of the country’s most impressive premium reds from estates in Douro, Dao, Bairrada and Alentejo. Arguably, Francisco’s greatest achievements lie between these extremes, a range of mid-priced wines from native varieties, full of character, quite distinctly Portuguese, but at the same time approachable and with fresh, modern fruit.