Website address: http://www.herdadesaomiguel.com
This new vineyard planted in 2001 by Alexandre Relvas has quite quickly established itself as one of the leading lights of the Ã‰vorian vineyards. Alexandre is
into biodiversity so amongst other living things, SÃ£o Miguel is now home toâ€¦ â€œthe prettiest donkeys
EVER!â€(according to young Fiona Cameron).
Using typical Alentejo grape varieties (AragonÃªs, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet,) and employing the expertise of Nuno Franco in the vineyard and LuÃs
Duarte in the winery, they are producing elegant freshly fruited reds......
For immediate drinking there is the vibrant â€œsunshine in a glassâ€ Montinho Tinto.
The Herdade SÃ£o Miguel Tinto packs a little more richness and refinement, while a more powerful and robust Reserva reveals the underlying quality of this
vineyardâ€™s reds. There is also Montinho Branco which is made with grapes selected from more westerly vineyards where Arinto, Vital and Moscatel combine
freshness, core flavour and
grapey aromas in a seductive blend...
Herdade Sao Miguel is the wine estate which is the realisation of a dream for Alexandre Relvas. It covers around 100 hectares of Portugalâ€™s southern
Alentejo region, and that regionality it at the heart of the winesâ€™ style. Montinho (â€œLittle Farmhouseâ€), which gets its name
from the traditional low-slung farmhouses (Monte) of the region, is the second wine of the estate. It features the rich, dried and roasted fruit character of the Alentejo, but
in a ripe, open knit way, with just a dash of toasty oak. The Herdade SÃ£o Miguel wine has a lovely red colour, powerful nose showing sweet red berries and wood,
a fine roundness and structure with a persistent finish. Main grape varieties are Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Aragones (aka Tempranillo).
For older vintage information please contact us or consult the producerâ€™s website
Current Vintage: 2010
Super accessible blend of Touriga, Syrah and Aragones. 2009 named as one of the Wine Spectator's Top 200 Best Value Wines in the World, with a score of 89/100.
The 2009 was named by the Wine Spectator as one of their Top 200 Wine Values in the world.
"This beautifully put together red from the warmth of Alentejo in southern Portugal, is a genuine bargain, combining richness with that elusive concept, elegance."
David Williams, Observer Magazine, 20.03.11
Current Vintage: 2011
Blend of Antao Vaz, Verdelho and Viognier. Lots of pleasing stone-fruit character, with a nice citrus zestiness, makes great value for money.
Herdade SÃ£o Miguel Tinto
Current Vintage: 2011
Warm and spicy forest berry fruits, on an elegant frame of ripe tannins.
Herdade SÃ£o Miguel Reserva
Current Vintage: 2007