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Cortes de Cima Touriga Nacional 2002

Wine: Cortes de Cima Touriga Nacional 2002
Closure: multi-piece natural cork stopper, 47 x 23,5 mm.
Quality: “Flor” (best quality)
One of the top 100 selected Wine Spectator wine’s – December 2005

Technical Information

Touriga Nacional 2002
Oenologist: Hans Kristian Jorgensen, Cortes de Cima
Region: Vinho Regional Alentejano

Varietal
100% Touriga Nacional
Total Acids
5.3
Final pH 3.58
Residual Sugars
2.4
Alcohol
14 %

Grown, produced and bottled on the family estate.
Barrel Ageing: new FO 9 months
Bottled: June 2003
Production: 19.273 bottles (75 cl) produced
Release Date: October 2003

Vintage 2002
Budbreak in late February and early March was met by mild, warm Spring weather. The unusually cool summer temperatures in June and July in Portugal this year, were topped off by an even cooler August, the traditional beach-going month in Portugal.

VINDIMA started 4th September under clear blue skies and followed the usual relaxed tempo of any other Alentejan harvest, until the 14th September when the unrelenting rains set in. The rains experienced this September in the Alentejo beat a 60-year record. We were forced to squeeze a 7 to 8 week harvest into 3 to 4 weeks. Baumé averaged around 13,5.

Vinification
Made exclusively from selected Touriga Nacional grapes hand picked at optimum maturity from chosen sites in our own vineyards. Fermented without stems under temperature control, frequent delestage, followed by extended skin maceration to enhance varietal fruit characters, and to provide tannin structure and balance.

Aged for 9 months in new French oak barrels (100%).

Our Winemaker's comments
Deep, dense red color.
Complex floral aromas of violet and petal, with smoke and cinnamon notes.
Firm, well structured palate, showing typically intense Touriga varietal blueberry and black currant fruits, a sweet middle, and a long, lingering finish. Will improve in the bottle for the next 5–7 years.

Reviews
Decadent and powerful, with a meaty, gamy aroma backed by deep plum and dark cherry flavors. Mocha and roasted notes fill the long finish, with plenty of licorice. Reminiscent of a Châteauneuf. Drink now.

Ratings

91 points - Wine Spectator

Awards
Bronze Medal - S.F. Intl Wine Competition - California 2004
Commended - Decanter World Wine Awards - UK 2004
One of the top 100 selected Wine Spectator wine’s – December 2005

Cortes de Cima Vineyard

Cortes de Cima is a family estate, with 50 hectares of vineyard, located near Vidigueira in the Alentejo region of Portugal, midway between Lisbon, the Algarve and Sevilla.   And Vidigueira, Alentejo's southernmost demarcated wine region, has been a wine-growing area since the time of the Romans.
The Romans used 'Talhas' (huge clay urns or amphorae) for fermenting and storing wines, a local winemaking practice still in use today, and symbolized by the pot on our label. Ancient olive groves, with olive trees up to 2,000 years old, share the land with citrus groves, vineyards and Roman ruins.

The brilliant white monte (farmhouse), straddling the hillside with sweeping views across the vineyard and to the hills beyond, has been Jorgensen family’s home since 1988. The property is a total of 365 hectares which is only medium sized for the Alentejo. 50 ha are planted with vineyards, 50 ha are olive trees, 50 ha are corktrees, 100 ha are cultivated with cereals. Towards the foothills, they have built a Barragem (dam) for irrigation needs.

Carrie and Hans in front of Winery

Hans Jorgensen, is the grapegrower and laysia as Chief technical engineer for a tropical plantation company. Carrie, his wife, comes from California, where she studied Economics at UC Berkely, and is responsible for admin and marketing. winemaker – what he calls ‘winegrower’. Born in Denmark, he worked for many years in Malaysia as Chief engineer for a tropical plantation company. Carrie, comes from California, where she studied Economics at UC Berkely, and is responsible for admin and marketing. They have 2 kids, born and raised in Alentejo.

Contacts
 
Cortes de Cima
7960-189 Vidigueira
Portugal
Tel: (+351) 284 460 060
Fax: (351) 284 460 068
E-mail: wine@cortesdecima.pt
Web-site: www.cortesdecima.pt/index.php?lang_id=2