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The wines of Monte Novo e Figueirinha, Alentejo, Portugal 

Apartado 68, 7801-952 Beja, Portugal
Tel: +351 284 311 260 E-mail: filiperamos@montenovoefigueirinha.pt

As I found out on a recent visit, the Alentejo region, in Southern Portugal, is thriving at the moment. Another in a long line of new (to me at least) producers from this region is Monte Novo e Figueirinha, and these three wines, from the warm 2003 vintage, impressed me.

Herdade das Fontes Branco 2003 Alentejo
Bright, forward lemony fresh nose. The palate is bright and crisp. Very clean and fresh, this is a delicious versatile white wine. Very good+ 87/100

Herdade das Fontes 2003 Alentejo
Overtly fruity, bright nose with ripe raspberry and blackberry jam character. Very accessible and quite more-ish. The palate is rich and fat with lovely purity of fruit. Ripe, intense and quite delicious. Fruit dominate. Very good/excellent 90/100

Fonte Mouro Branco 2003
A varietal Antao Vaz. Good yellow colour. Lovely intense, savoury nose with a waxy edge to the intensely herby, nutty fruit. The palate is fruity and intense but with a lovely savoury, nutty character to it. There’s quite a bit of oak but it works really well. Very good/excellent 90/100

see also The Alentejo, multipart series

Wines tasted 04/05
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