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Herdade do Mouchão, Mouchão Tinto, Alentejo, Portugal, 2015

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Overview of the Wine
At the beginning of the 19th century, Thomas Reynolds migrated to the Alentejo region with the cork business as his goal. Three generations later, his grandson John Reynolds, acquired Herdade do Mouchão for wine production.

In 1901 the first vineyards were planted on the property and, in 1929, construction began on a traditional winery and distillery, which still produces Mouchão brandy today.

Today, Herdade do Mouchão continues to be managed and worked on by the descendants of the original family and the entire winemaking process remains virtually unchanged, preserving the traditional harvest by hand and the fermentation of the grapes in stone presses, using foot treading. It is these techniques and the entire success story of Herdade do Mouchão that makes this wine-growing company so close to what wines used to be like.

Grape / Blend
Alicante Bouschet and 20% Trincadeira

Origin
Alentejo, Portugal

Winemaker's Tasting Notes
The Estate’s flagship wine was first bottled in 1949. Sourced predominantly from the Estate’s best Alicante Bouschet grapes from the Carapetos, Ponte das Canas and Dourada vineyards, with up 15% of other local varieties – mainly Trincadeira – grown on the Estate. The latter provides an important aromatic component as Alicante Bouschet’s primary aromas are naturally shy.

95 Points - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2015 Tinto, the regular estate bottling, is a 76/24 blend of Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira. It was aged for 36 months in used 5,000-liter tonels of varying ages and comes in at 14% alcohol. It was then held back another 24 months. This shows the difference between a nice overachieving effort in 2014 and a great vintage. This adds extra concentration, extra focus and extra power, albeit in a controlled fashion. You can drink it now, but this will be better in a few years. It will last for a couple of decades after that. Best after 2022.

Product Size: 750ml

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