A single varietal Petit Verdot from the boutique Azamor winery in southern Portugal. Elegant with soft fresh fruit flavours and a classic French oak barrel lift. Excellent length and a finish with soft ripe tannins.
100% Petit Verdot.
The family owned estate of Azamor was purchased by Alison and Joaquim Luiz-Gomes in 1998. Known as the "bread basket" of Portugal, the Alentejo has staked a claim as one of the country's most important red wine regions. It is renowned for its consistency of good quality, excellent value, fruit driven wines. Unlike many producers in the region, Azamor's vineyards are planted on low vigour hillside sites, which gives their wines more depth of flavour. Alison uses a mixture of local varieties like Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet, as well as international ones such as Petit Verdot, Syrah and Merlot.
Fermentation began slowly in five tonne lagars at around 21ºC before gradually increasing to 24ºC. After four days the grapes were pressed and transferred to stainless steel tanks to complete fermentation and undergo malolactic fermentation. The wine was then aged for 12 months: 35% in new and second use French (Saury) oak barrels, the remainder in stainless steel.