Red Wines Portugal
Alentejo Tinto (Red Wine)
The small village of Monsaraz stands on top of a hill, encircled by the walls of its castle. The origin of its name has not yet been thoroughly studied. It is thought that it comes from Mon Saraz, with Saraz being derived from Xarez or Xerez, which, during the Moorish occupation of the region, would have been Saris or Sarish. If this is indeed the case, then Monsaraz would originally have been Monte Xarez or Monte Xaraz. This conveys a clear image of the hill on the bank of the River Guadiana, once covered by impenetrable thickets of gum rockroses (Xaraz).
The strategic location of Monsaraz meant that from the start it was important to the defence of the region in the conflicts involving the Portuguese, Spanish and Moors until the 12th century.
Monsaraz is a charming place that delights everyone who goes there. The castle and its medieval settlement, whose architecture is a relic of the past, the landscape of undulating plains washed by the Guadiana and the Alqueva reservoir, the vineyards and olive groves as far as the eye can see, the overwhelming light that you only find in Alentejo, all these factors explain why Monsaraz is the true icon of our region.
Monsaraz was therefore the obvious choice for this wine, itself an icon of DOC Alentejo wines.
Hand-picked grapes are unloaded and immediately destemmed and crushed. The fermentation begins in vats at controlled temperature of 28ºC (82.4ºF).After fermenting, the wine is sampled on a regular basis, with the best batches being duly identified, set aside and stabilized. Two special batches are then selected, one destined to age in French oak, later to be rejoined with the other, which had been kept in vats.
The wine have a distinct ruby-red colour, a complex aroma of ripe fruit (berries, red currants) and oak. Mellow on the palate, with smooth tannins and a lingering finish.
This wine is a fine accompaniment to grilled or roasted meat dishes, patés and aged cheeses.
Recommended Serving Temperature:
16º to 18ºC (60.8º to 64.4ºF)
It can be drunk now or stored for 2 to 3 years after bottling, as long as the storage conditions are suitable.