Daqui, and amphora (known here as talha) wine, is the first of the new wines from Anna Jørgensen, since she took over at Cortes de Cima from her parents – she’s been running things since 2020. This was first made in 2019, and Anna explains that, ‘Daqui is to be a “moving” interpretation of talha, where it can change every year, but the talha remains constant.’
‘The 2020 was made in a style to respect the local ancient talha production method, where we used organically farmed Touriga Franca from our vineyards in Vidigueira, with 1/3 whole bunch in the bottom of the talha, foot trodden, gentle extraction during fermentation, basically wetting the cap, no temperature control, no adds, 3 month maceration until St Martins day (11th November) where we drained the wine through the “mãe”, the stems and skins on the bottom of the talha, to a tank and added a little sulphur, where it remained to stabilize naturally during winter and we hand bottled the 1.200 bottles in spring. The talha was an old 2000 L pot, which we have never lined.’
The result is a really beautiful wine. It’s bottled in a litre bottle with a crown cap.
Cortes de Cima Daqui 2020 Alentejo, Portugal
12.5% alcohol. This is Touriga Franca, aged in clay Talha that are typical to the region. Bottled in litre bottles with a crown cap. This has a wonderfully floral, assertive nose with sweet black cherries and raspberries as well as some blackcurrant, some chalk and a touch of damp earth (but this adds a sense of freshness). The palate is bright and direct with lovely fresh, clean, expressive fruit and nice acidity. It has a touch of bitterness on the finish, but this is nice bitterness, and frames the fruit beautifully – as does the lovely sour cherry, clay and damp earth on the finish. But the overall theme is just vivid, fresh, inky fruit. I’m so impressed with this. 94/100
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