Quinta da Alorna, Branco Reserva, Tejo, Portgual, 2020
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 Fernão 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.
The grapes varieties come from Lezíria (originating from younger plots) where the soils are sandy loam or sandy clay with vines pruned Double Cordon de Royat. Harvesting is done by hand and pest and disease control is carried out inwith regards to the rules of integrated viticulture.
Harvested separately, the grapes were pressed in long and short cycles during the morning whilst still cool. After the clarification of the musts, the Arinto grapes were fermented in stainless steel vats at 14ºC and the Chardonnay grapes fermented in stainless steel vats at 18ºC and in new American and French oak casks where they aged on the fine lees for 4 months.
Type: Chardonnay only, aged in French and American Oak
% wine oaked: 20
% new oak: 100
Golden yellow colour, the aroma is complex with notes of fresh and citrus fruits from the Arinto grape and notes of smoke from the Chardonnay. Good structure and balance between the acidity and the freshness of the Arinto, the maturation of the Chardonnay and the elegance of the wood, the finish is intense and very persistent.
Fish dishes such as cod with cream or béchamel sauce, or exotic flavours like creamy curry dishes.
6 x 75cl