Cartuxa | Red | Reserva | 2016 | Doc Alentejo - Vivino Rating 4.5
Intro: This wine gets its name from the Cartuxa Monastery, where Carthusian monks lived in silence and prayer since 1598.
Region: Alentejo, Evora (D.O.C)
Grapes: Syrah, Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez
Aging: 15 months in new French oak barrels followed by 15 months in bottle prior to release
Tasting Notes: Heavy garnet coloured wine. Balsamic, furniture wax, cherry, plum and sour cherry dominate the aroma of this wine, also associating notes of nutmeg. Very complex and dense, with great structure, firm tannins and excellent acidity. Long and elegant finish.
ABV: 14.5% Serving Temp: 16-18 °C Decant: 1hr Pairing: Mediterranean dishes, Grilled Pork & Juicy Steaks.
Bold fruity and quite delicious. Well rounded with good length. Great on its own, better with red meat.
First impression was similarity to the Italian Primitivo Manduria from Puglia. Blind testing, I would say a Zinfandel.