This powerful wine has an excellent ageing potential.
Well structured - Long
Monte do Além
Situated in the Algarve, in southern Portugal, this vineyard was built up from scratch by Vinciane Nieuwenhuys from Brussels and her husband Parviz, around an old farm converted as a second family residence. They planted 5.5 hectares of vines here over a period of several years, opting in favour of organic vitiviniculture (Ecocert certification process began in 2011). Consequently, no synthetic substances, fungicides, insecticides or chemical weed-killers are to be found at Monte do Além. The wine cellar was built in 2009.
Monte do Além 2013
The grapes are harvested by hand (average yield of 35 hl/ha) and are taken to the wine cellar in small crates, where they are stemmed and crushed before being transferred to the tanks by gravity flow. The wine is matured in French oak casks (30% new casks every year). This powerful cuvée, the vineyard’s only blended wine, is made to be kept.
Vinciane and Parviz endeavour to limit the total SO2 content of their wines to less than 60 m/litre, which is substantially lower than the standards required by European regulations on organic vitiviniculture.
Intense dark red robe.
Clean bouquet franc, dominated by black fruits.
Flavours of blackcurrant, cherries and plums. Fine length.
Meats in sauce, beef ragouts and small game.
17-18°C. Decant 1 to 2h before tasting. Good aging potential.
|Domain||Monte do Além|
|Cuvée||Monte do Além|
|Appellation||Vinho Regional Algarve|
|Dominant grape variety||Cabernet Sauvignon|
|Blend||35% Cabernet Sauvignon - 35% Merlot - 15% Aragonez - 10% Syrah - 5% Petit Verdot|
|Bottle size||75 cl|
|Aging potential||8-10 years|