Alicante Bouschet - Mouchao Tinto
Herdade do Mouchao
Alentejo - Portugal
GRAPE VARIETY | METHOD:
Mouchao Tinto is made predominantly from Alicante Bouschet with a small percentage of Trincadeira. It is vinified in lagares and is aged in oak and 5000 litre oak vats for 24 months. Mouchao Tinto is only released after a further 24 to 36 months bottle aging in the estate’s air conditioned cellars.
Deep red / garnet
Aromas of blackcurrant, cassis, confit dark fruit and herbaceous, garrigue type notes. There are also some eucalyptus and black pepper characteristics.
The palate is dominated by black fruit, spiciness and full, plump ripe red fruits too. With the concentration of the Alicante Bouschet and a certain elegance from the Tincadeira. This big powerful, intense red wine, well-structured with good tannin structure has the potential to age gracefully for many years.
Game, poultry & pork dishes. Also a great pairing for Spanish Paella.
The estate can trace its beginnings back to the early part of the 19th century when Thomas Reynolds moved there from Oporto to begin working in the cork industry. His grandson John Reynolds eventually purchased the 900 hectare Herdade de Mouchao estate and farmed, not only cork, but decided to start making wine.
The estate stayed in the Reynolds family until April 1974 when it was seized by the Portuguese military dictatorship and the Reynolds were evicted. The estate was eventually returned to them in 1985. Herdade do Mouchao has 38 hectares of vines planted mostly with Alicante Bouschet from their own pioneering cuttings. The farm also grows small quantities of Aragonés, Trincaderia and Moreto, Touriga Nacional and Syrah.