The wine you’re holding comes to you from the Estate Herdade das Assentes de Baixo in the heart of the Alentejo, right between Cuba and Alvito, in the Vidigueira sub-region.
As you know, Ovelha Negra (Black Sheep) is a term used to describe a group’s stranger or less reputable member, especially within a family. The term derives from a genetic effect in sheep, through which a recessive gene occasionally manifests in the birth of a black sheep.
As for this wine, it’s everything but a black sheep.
First off, it’s a wine that needs to be treated with respect – its 16% ABV commands it. So, what we suggest is for you to open it when in great company to share it with. You can trust us when we say that you won’t even notice the alcohol content when you try it.
This is a pure Alentejo wine. Full of pedigree, capacity and everything that a great Alentejo wine can offer your palate.
Another certainty we can give you is that this wine evolves really well in its bottle. So, there’s no issue if you want to store it and only drink it in a few months – or even later than that.
This wine pairs well with red meats, oven-baked dishes, spiced dishes, game meats, cheeses, smoked meats and pâtés.
As you can see, there is no lack of ideas for what you can accompany this wine with. Even so, turn this page and check out the Lamb dish recipe that Manuel Costa Vargas has prepared for you.
Now, go take a look at the four bottles you’ve received. They are sure to guarantee you at least four unforgettable moments in the company of the best Portuguese wine has to offer. It’s a delicious feeling.
Lastly, we have a favour to ask: speak of us to a friend (or family member) who doesn’t yet know about us.
Cheers from your friends at Wome.
Varieties: Baga, Bical and Touriga Nacional
This wine wants to prove that it’s possible to create a Baga wine that is aromatic and has gentle tannins. In it, the Baga variety represents 90% of the batch, with Touriga Nacional (9%) and Bical (1%). A shorter maceration period and severe temperature control during fermentation allow this one to be consumed during the year following its harvest. Baga sits between its two international family members, the Nebbiolo from the Barolo region in Italy and the Pinot Noir from the French Borgonha region. Within this profile, it’s closer to the finesse and aromatic strength of the latter.
Presents with blackberry, raspberry, black chocolate and wild pine resin notes. With a full mouth, it holds the elegance that only the Baga variety can supply, replicating the flavours presented in its aroma.
This wine’s character allows it to be consumed with red meat dishes or, if served at 14ºC, as an excellent accompaniment for fish dishes, be them oven-cooked or grilled.
Total Acidity: 4.9 g/L
Alentejo-style oven cooked pasture-raised lamb