Herdade do Rocim Amphora Red 2017
The red Amphora blend includes Aragonez, Trincadeira, Moreto and Tinta Grossa varieties. Its colour, an open hue of ruby with very present fruit (fruits of the forest, strawberry, plum), and wrapped in a thin layer of clay. In the background, some resin, a hint of smoke, cocoa powder. It’s a very fresh and tireless profile that captivates you with its simplicity, and with the joy it reveals and introduces itself.
Located in the Lower Alentejo region in the southern half of Portugal, between Vidigueira and Cuba, lies the estate of Herdade do Rocim on 100 hectares, 60 of which are under vine. Alentejo is sparsely populated and, in contrast to the rest of Portugal, has many large estates. The climate is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. Having fairly reliable weather combined with the large plots of available land equates to quality at an affordable price. Wheat is the most important crop grown here, but olive trees, cork trees and vineyards are all important agriculture here as well. Wines from Alentejo are becoming popular as consumers realize the great opportunities available here, and quality is improving exponentially. It is thought to be the new world inside the old world, with highly professional wineries using a scientific approach while respecting the terroir.