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Herdade São Miguel Reserva 2018


Intense garnet-red hue. Exuberant and complex aromas of black fruits like blackberry and blueberry, harmoniously combined with aromatic hints (menthol and tobacco) as well as with notes of spices. On the palate, there are well-balanced, round, rich taste of fruits and spices, with a good concentration of tannins and long persistence.

Wine Facts

Winemaker Notes
The soil is clay and schist. The grapes are hand-harvested, followed by total destemming. Maceration before fermentation over 48 hours. Fermentation with controlled temperatures of 71.6 – 82.4 F (22C – 28 C) in open vats (lagares) with automatic pigeurs. Maloactic fermentation takes place in oak barrels. The wine is aged for 12 months in 400L French oak barrels and 6 months in wooden foudre.

2018 was an unusual year in Alentejo. Winter was very dry and not too cold. Spring was mild and very rainy with a very unusual pressure from mildew. Summer temperatures were lower than the average, except for the first week of August, when temperatures exceeded 113 F (45 C). Maturation happened later than usual, and the harvest took place with average temperatures and without rain.

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

Producer: Casa Relvas
Region: Alentejano
Country: Portugal
Wine Composition: A blend of Alicante Bouschet; Touriga Nacional; Trincadeira; Cabernet Sauvignon (among others)
Alcohol: 15%
Total Acidity: 5.9 G/L
Residual Sugar: 0.9 g/dm3
pH: 3.51

Press Highlights

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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