Highlights: Cortes de Cima Daqui 2020 Alentejo, Portugal

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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