A plot of vineyard, of only one and a half hectares, implanted on the slope of Estremoz Castle, in a higher area, gives rise to Estremus, producer João Portugal Ramos, which now launches a new harvest of its top of the range.
In 2011, the renowned wine producer João Portugal Ramos made known the first harvest of a special top of the range, the red Estremus 2017 prepared with Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet, from a small plot, inserted in a vineyard of 25 hectares. This vineyard, planted in 2001 at one end in the highest slope that is next to the entrance of the city, and implanted in limestone soil with marble stone on the surface, has become the ideal place to go get the best grapes to produce this wine only produced in exceptional years.
This red is almost always produced in the same way. Trincadeira and Alicante Bouschet grapes are partially saned, placed in marble lagares and trodden on foot. It follows the alcoholic fermentation, which starts in the lagares and ends in stainless steel vats. Malolactic is performed in second-year barrels. When the process is complete, the wine is transferred to new 300 litre French oak barrels. In the end, he was interning for 18 months in the same barrels.This 2017 harvest is at a high level. A red with notes of red fruits and minerals to protise in the aroma, and with a powerful but elegant structure to mark the palate, complemented with the wood very well integrated in the set and prolonged finish.
It is refound that for more than 20 years João Portugal Ramos has been associated with Portuguese wines, first, as a consultant winemaker of well-known wine brands and, since 1992, as a bottleproducer. The success and the prizes accumulated throughout his career have given him national and international recognition as one of the main responsible for the evolution of Portuguese wines in the last decade. The success of its wines also goes through the oenology team, which, in addition to the producer, is also headed by the talented winemaker Donzília Copeto and, more recently, her son João, who followed in his father's footsteps in the oenology area (the trio of winemakers in the entrance photo).
The Alentejo was the region elected to produce its first wines. In 1990, João Portugal Ramos planted the first five hectares of vineyards in Estremoz, where he has lived since 1988, starting his personal project. It extended its activity beyond the Alentejo from 1989, reaching the Tagus region, Beiras, Douro and Vinho Verde. At the moment the area of vineyards in alentejo makes more than 600 hectares.