Writer Hans Christian Andersen lived in Portugal for a short time and this is a homage from the Danish owner of Cortes de Cima. It’s a powerful wine with a dark side that’s very suitable for those fairy stories. Big tannins, black fruits and a dense structure all promise aging. Drink from 2018.— R.V.
This is perfumed and fruity, with notes of raisins, prunes and bitter chocolate that are supported by solid tannins. For aging over 2-3 years.— R.V.
A Syrah-based wine made by Cortes de Cima’s Danish owner, Hans Kristian Jorgensen, in homage to the famous Danish writer of fairy stories. It is weighty, rich, ageworthy and ripely fruity. It is packed with firm tannins as well as blackberry acidity. Keep for 3–4 years.— R.V.
The top of the range at Cortes de Cima and deservedly so. The wine is finely structured, with a feeling of restrained power. It has all the right elements of red plum, dry, dark tannins and prominent acidity, all in balance. Age for 3–4 years.— R.V.
This is a beautifully crafted wine, full of sweet tannins, spice flavors and dark perfumes. A blend of Syrah and Aragonês, it shows elegance and power. The wood flavors from the French and American wood aging are kept restrained and in the background to the intense fruit and herbs.— R.V.
This Syrah-based wine is dense, concentrated and seriously ageworthy. It is weighted by concentrated black fruit, with solid tannic structure and fine acidity on the finish. Drink after 2016.— R.V.
Such a stylish wine, with its elegant perfumed fruit, fine tannins, acidity, blackberry flavors and a firm structure. This is a wine that could age, although it is certainly ready to drink.— R.V.
It is rare to find a pure Petit Verdot (the grape used in some blends in Bordeaux) anywhere, let alone in Portugal. The Alentejo is a good place, with guaranteed ripeness for this fickle grape. Dark in color, packed with dense tannins and a heavy layer of wood, this is not for the faint-hearted. It is certainly ripe…— R.V.