Red Wines Portugal
Millennium 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 generous land of Reguengos de Monsaraz, in the heart of Alentejo prove this wine thought to new generations of wine lovers and wine made with the best techniques of the new millennium.
Serve with grilled or roasted meat dishes, game, pates and cheeses.
After fermentation the wines are subjected to regular tests, being the best properly identified, separated and matured for 4 months in French and American oak.
The wine presents with a loaded ruby color, complex aroma of ripe fruits (raspberry, plum), coffee, chocolate and spices. In the mouth it has firm tannins, but soft is balanced and has a final long race.
The bottles shall be laid down in a cool place (around 12ºC). This wine should be consumed young, but if you prefer, you can let it age 4 to 5 years. It should be consumed at a temperature of 16ºC-18ºC.