2009 Alves de Sousa Abandonado

2009 Alves de Sousa Abandonado


The Alves de Sousa winery is located in the iconic Douro Valley to the east of the city of Porto in Northern Portugal. The winery producers the classic fortified wines of the region, but producers some of the best dry wines of the region. Using traditional field blends these wines has a depth and complexity that is hard to find.

The Abandonado comes from a single vineyard at the top of the property, from a vineyard of old vines that were virtually abandoned. Current winemaker Tiago saved the vineyard from being replanted and created one of the great dry reds of the region.


Style - Exciting and complex, serious red wine.

Tell me about the grape - Douro red field blend (Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, etc.)

Historically in the Douro Valley vineyards were not planted to one variety, rather a mix of grapes all harvest at the same time to give complexity and mitigate for vintage variations.  They tend to show a cross-section of fruit from fresh red berries, through to slightly dried/stewed black fruit.

Serving suggestion - 16-18*C, decant an hour before

Cellaring potential - 10+ years (worth decanting an hour before drinking)

Food matching - Medium-rare rib eye steak with roast potatoes

You may like this if you drink - Barossa Shiraz and McLaren Valley Grenache

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