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Quinta da Alorna, Portugal

Quinta da Alorna has a long and illustrious history stretching back to the 18th century and has links to our very own Iberian Buyer, Paul. Allegedly, his ancestor was rescued by the then winemakers from execution and spirited away, so that many years later Paul could repay the favour and add them to our portfolio.

Sitting majestically in the Tejo region, Quinta da Alorna has a wide array of vineyards which are worked in a sustainable and socially responsible way, looking after both the land and the workers. Portugal's trump card is its wide array of toothsome indigenous varieties and they are put to good work here. Aromatic Fernao Pires, tight, minerally Arinto and the Portuguese iteration of Tempranillo, Tinto Roriz, are amongst the bevy of blindingly tasty components that they have to work with and the result is an accomplished range of distinctly Portuguese wines.

Viticulture

The 220 Hectares of vines are dedicated to the production of both native and international varieties, including Arinto, Fernão Pires, Chardonnay, Moscatel, Verdelho, Alvarinho and Sauvignon Blanc for the whites and Touriga Nacional, Castelão, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tinta Roriz, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Syrah for the red wines. Soils are sandy loam or sandy clay and pruned Double Cordon de Royat. Harvesting is done by hand and pests and disease control is carried out using the rules of integrated viticulture.

Winemaking

Temperature controlled fermentations in stainless steel/ inox after a soft pressing with some of their wines being aged in French Oak barrels on the fine lees. The reds generally have a 48 hour skin contact and may be matured in barrel or stainless steel depending on the circumstances. All fermentations are carried out with native yeasts.

HIGHLIGHTS
  • Practice integrated viticulture and use native yeasts, and hand picking in the vineyards.
  • Portugal's trump card is its wide array of toothsome indigenous varieties and they are put to good work here.
  • An accomplished range of distinctly Portuguese wines.