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Posted by portugalpress on July 27, 2017

The second label of Mouchão

Mouchão is one of the great names, not only of the Alentejo, but of Portuguese red wine at a national and international level.

The Reynolds’ family from the UK first settled in the Alentejo in the early 19th century to produce cork and planted vines on their estate near Estremoz in 1901. They were the pioneers in Portugal of the French Alicante Bouchet grape, a “tintureira” (red fleshed) variety which is now widely used in the region.

The main label Mouchão is made from 100% Alicante Bouchet grapes and carries a hefty price tag, a premium wine that is renowned for its longevity.

They have long had an entry level blended wine, Dom Rafael, which is a very decent Alentejo red costing around €10, but it was only around 15 years ago that they launched Ponte das Canas, a wine positioned directly under Mouchão as the second label, costing around €17 in supermarkets, and worth every cent.

The 2012 vintage currently on the market is an excellent example, already sufficiently bottle aged to reveal its full potential. The backbone of the wine is Alicante Bouchet, blended with smaller amounts of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Syrah, lighter in structure than the main label Mouchão but still a full bodied wine.

There are intense dark berry notes on the nose with well-integrated oak and a hint of mint. Smooth tannins and good acidity give the wine structure in the mouth whilst the finish is long and fresh. An ideal wine to drink with nice grilled steak.

By Patrick Stuart
patrick.stuart@open-media.net

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