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Herdade de São Miguel Reserva 2019


Intense garnet-red hue. Exuberant and complex bouquet of black fruits, such as blackberry and blueberry, harmoniously combined with aromatic hints (menthol and tobacco) as well as with notes of spices. The palate is well- balanced, round, and offers rich tastes of fruits and spices. There is a good concentration of tannins, leading to the wine’s long persistence.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The soil is clay and schist. The grapes were hand-harvested. Total destemming. Maceration before fermentation during 48 hours. Fermentation with controlled temperatures of 71.6 F – 82.4 (22 C – 28 C) in open vats (lagares), with automatic pigeurs. Maloactic fermentation in oak barrels. This wine is aged for 12 months in oak barrels and 6 further months in oak foudre.

Despite the small production, 2019 was a year of excellence in Alentejo. The winter was cold, with some rain. Spring and summer were mild and dry. During maturation, cold and dry nights enabled perfect phenolic maturation levels.

Serving Hints
Pairs well with full-flavored and roasted red meats, game and pork.

Producer: Casa Relvas
Region: Alentejo
Country: Portugal
Wine Composition: 70% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Trincadeira, 5% Touriga Nacional, 5% Cabernet Sauvignon
Alcohol: 15%
Total Acidity: 5.7 G/L
pH: 3.66

Press Highlights

2021: 91 Pts 'Cellar Selecton' - Wine Enthusiast, Jun 2024
2020: 94 Pts - Tasting Panel, May 2024
2019: 94 Pts ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Enthusiast, Oct 2021
2018: 94 Pts ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2020
2018: 93 Pts - Wine & Spirits, Mar 2022
2017: 93 Pts ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Enthusiast, Nov 2019
2015: 94 Pts ‘Cellar Selection’ - Wine Spectator, June 2018
2015: 90 Pts - Wine Spectator, 2018
2014: 90 Pts - Wine Advocate, Feb 2017

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