In 1988, A Danish-American couple, Hans and Carrie Jorgensen set out in a sailboat to find a place to start a family and plant vines. They came to Alentejo and they found “Cortes de Cima.” It was just a barren land and a few abandoned buildings. But Carrie, of Portuguese ancestry, said the landscape reminded her of California, her homeland. Hans, who was born in Denmark, fell in love with the Mediterranean sun. Their first wine was "born" in 1998 and the many successful vintages which followed as well as their pioneering spirit have put Cortes de Cima on the map. This unique wine is aged for 14 months in 150-litre clay amphorae, allowing the wine to breath and a gentle concentration to take place, similar to oak vessels but without an oak taste. Liquorice and blackberry fill the nose and leads to a palate that plays on the sweet and savoury with additional notes of plum sauce and meat. Its slightly grippy tannins lead to a notable finish. A very special wine.
Robin says "Though an ancient technique, ageing in amphorae or clay pots has become all the rage in the last few years. Winemakers have been looking for a way to keep the purity of their fruit but also for their wines to feel more complete and integrated. Working with amphorae is not always easy, however Cortes de Cima does a fine job. A wine that is worth discovering."