I've found myself stalking the cobbled streets of Evora twice this year. The first on a cold and wet day in early January, the second in early October under the pinching rays of rather invasive sunshine. [need more here] On both occasions though I was doing my best to understand the wines of th e Alentejo region.
Wine from Alentejo is finding its global reputation going from strength to strength at the moment. Consumers and professionals alike are finding much to admire in the fruit driven wines that emerge from this. When the hype started to build a few years ago it was based largely on the notion that such explosive fruit could be found at such low prices. More discerning palates however were not totally convicned.
The wines were indeed packed with ripe layers of fruit, but perhsps then some. As if to labour the point, these massive beasts were asked to squeeze into new French barrels for a yesr or so. I remember walking away from a small trade tasting of Alentejo wines in 2016 thinking that many of the wines were dreadful.
So in receiving an invitation by the European Federation of Wine Journalists to tour the Alentejo I had to question exactly what I hoepd to gain from the experience. The solution, as it always must be, was to go and meet the people behind the labels, to pose the relevant questions, to
In theory I believe in the values of terroir. These