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Herdade de São Miguel Escolha dos Enologos Red Wine 2020


This wine offers a deep ruby hue with violet hints, along with complex aromas of ripe red fruits, wild flowers, spices, vanilla and toasted notes. On the palate, it is well- balanced with nice structure, smooth tannins, and a rich taste of fruits and spices.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
2020 was a challenging year in Alentejo. Winter was cold and rainy, followed by a very rainy Spring. Summer was hot and dry, though the water table remained full. During the growing season, cold and dry nights preserved the acidity, allowing the grapes to reach very balanced levels of phenolic maturation. The soil is clay and schist. The grapes are hand–harvested and destemmed. Maceration occurs for 48 hours prior to fermentation. The grapes are then fermented with controlled temperatures of 71.6 F – 78.8 F (22oC - 28oC) in open vats with automatic pigeurs. Malolactic fermentation took place in French oak barrels. The wine was aged in 400L French oak barrels for 9 months prior to bottling.

Serving Hints
Ideal to serve with full-flavored and roasted red meats, game, and pork.

Producer: Casa Relvas
Region: Alentejano
Country: Portugal
Wine Composition: Blend of Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Franca, and Touriga Nacional among others
Alcohol: 14.5%
Total Acidity: 5.3 G/L
pH: 3.66

Press Highlights

2020: 92 Pts 'Editor's Choice' - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2022
2020: 91 Pts - James Suckling, Jan 2024
2019: 93 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2021
2019: 91 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Mar 2022
2019: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, May 2021
2018: 92 Pts - 'Best of Year Issue Buying Guide', Wine Enthsiast, Nov 2020
2016: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2015: 92 Pts - Wine Spectator, May 2017
2015: 92 Pts - Wine Enthusiast, May 2017
2014: 93 Pts - 'Cellar Selection', Wine Enthusiast, Apr 2016

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