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.
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.
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.
The estate wine of Cortes de Cima is an all-encompassing blend of Aragonês, Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira and Cabernet Sauvignon. Somehow it all works, producing a wine that has depth of flavor and solid tannins, as well as intense juicy black flavors and fine finishing acidity. Drink after 3–5 years. Imported by Tri-Vin Imports.
Made from a selection of the best parcels in the Cortes de Cima vineyard, this is a heady blend of raisins, dark plums and firm, dark tannins. It layers superripe, almost sweet, concentrated flavors along with a core of dryness that stops the wine being too jammy, and gives it a splendid structure. A blend of Syrah, Aragonez and Touriga Nacional.
This is the star of the Cortes de Cima range, a powerful expression of rich fruit, but one tempered with a sympathetic, attractive structure, packed with black berry and ripe plum skin flavors, leaving plenty of tannins, but still finished with acidity and balance.
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 and rich.