If the Douro is synonymous with great wine, the same can be said for the Alentejo. It’s safe to say there’s a great producer on every corner, in every estate, or behind each cork-oak tree.
This time, we’re talking about Azamor.
A wine born at the Herdade do Zambujal estate near Vila Viçosa gains body and character through the crazy thermal amplitudes felt in that region of Portugal.
Did you know that Vila Viçosa is known as the Princess of the Alentejo and as a Museum Village? It’s true. Even though it’s small, it’s one of the most charming localities in the region.
One of the most recognised personalities in Portuguese literature was born here. Yes, Florbela Espanca was born here.
To whet your appetite and show you some of this artist’s mastery, here’s a verse from her poem Volúpia (lust):
The shadow between a lie and the truth…
The cloud that dragged the north wind…
– My body! I carry a strong wine within it:
My kisses of lust and malice!
A sombra entre a mentira e a verdade…
A nuvem que arrastou o vento norte…
– Meu corpo! Trago nele um vinho forte:
Meus beijos de volúpia e de maldade!
The sweltering days that contrast with the cool nights give Alentejo wines characteristics that make them unmistakable.
This Azamor 2018 is a wine where you’ll immediately notice the presence of red fruits. In the mouth, it’s a wine that rounds itself off, letting the strong flavour of ripe fruit escape easily. It finishes with soft and mature tannins.
To accompany it, nothing better than a dish capable of making us believe in magic – grilled lamb with mint and garlic accompanied by a tomato salad.
Stay calm. Take a deep breath.
Think that you only have to find a late afternoon on the weekend to prepare this heavenly meal – courtesy of Chef Rúben Ferreira from the Surfer’s Lodge in Peniche – and have the day’s end you’ve been waiting for for so long.
Schedule this into the upcoming weekend and prepare for a combination of flavours that will leave you wanting more.
Cheers from your friends at Wome.
Azamor 2018 is a wine especially created with classical Portuguese and French varieties. Each selected variety was fermented and aged separately with each lot created before bottling.
Azamor 2018 is an aromatic wine with a marvellous and exuberant red fruit aroma. In the mouth, it’s a well-rounded wine with delicious flavours of ripe fruit. It finishes with soft, mature tannins.
We podded the vineyard while “dry” to guarantee the ideal quality and quantity of grapes. Due to our limited water resources, we prioritise the use of water to a few selected areas of the vineyard.
The growing season was mild and with normal level of rain. Everything was going fine. Between August 3rd and 6th, we experienced exceptionally high temperatures between 45 and 48 degrees Celsius. The fruit was exposed to the heat and burnt because photosynthesis was interrupted and the maturations became inconsistent.
Harvesting was initiated later in 2018. The Merlot was harvested on August 31st and the other varieties from September 13th onwards and until the end of the month.
In terms of quantity, we harvested half of what we usually do but the quality was outstanding.
All the varieties were fermented in separate stainless-steal, 10-tonne tanks up to 10 days and at temperatures between 22 and 24°C. Given the small harvest, it was possible to soak the skins before the start of fermentation. They were pressed before passing onto the malolactic fermentation.
Azamor 2018 aged for 7 months in our cellar. Approximately 20% was aged in used French and American oak barrels. Blending occurred 7 months before bottling in February of 2021.
Lots and Launch
Allotment occurred in January of 2020 and the wine was blended and bottled in February of 2021.
18% Alicante Bouschet
17% Touriga Franca
12% Touriga Nacional
9% Petit Verdot
Total Acidity: 5.2 g/L
Grilled lamb with mint and garlic, and tomato salad