Sonhador 2008

Sonhador 2008

The warm, dry Alentejo region in the south east is probably the country’s most promising source of full-bodied, deep-coloured, accessible table wine, sold mainly as Vinho Regional Alentejano…… Australian, David Baverstock, who tired of making nothing but port in the Douro, is exporting increasingly interesting wines from the large Esporão property. …… there are many exciting individual estates…… Prices here are still reasonable and this is certainly one of the most promising wine regions in the world” – Jancis Robinson

Grape Varieties

  • 60% Syrah, 25% Alicante Bouchet, 10% Touriga Nacional, 5% Petit Syrah
  • Handpicked / transported in 15kg plastic crates. Destalked prior to gentle crushing. Fermentation at 24°C to 27°C Small 15ton fermenters with regular pump-overs and delastage


  • 9 months in used French and American oak barrels. No fining or cold stabilisation. Blended and bottled in March 2009

Wine Analysis

  • Alcohol – 14%
  • Total acidity: (6.6g/l)
  • Volatile acidity 0.62 (g/l), pH: 3.55

Tasting Notes

  • Deep, dark red colour, almost opaque.
    Spicy, red berry fruit aromatics of raspberry and redcurrants, with some complex earth and gamey notes. Solid palate which is both silky and firmly structured, with good balancing acidity. Layers of spicy, juicy fruit fill out the palate, giving body and elegance.

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The Alentejo, located to the east of Lisbon, has become a leader of Portugal's renaissance for the production of premium wines.

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