An impressive new Alto Alentejo red

Herdade do Gamito 2007 Reserva. ****

This new blend of 70% Syrah and 30% Alicante Bouchet is produced on poor granite soils near Crato in the north of the Alentejo.  Despite the intense summer heat that this part of the Alentejo can experience, this wine has freshness and elegance.  Very deep and dak in colour (as you would expect with 30% Alicante); sweet black cherry fruit aromas with well integrated new oak; fresh juicy fruit on the palate, big but elegant with firm, fine grained tannins, plenty more to give.  An impresive debut.  17.5

Location: Sever, Marvão

Scoring

19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)

17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)

15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)

13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)

10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)

8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)

Below 8 Faulty