MONTE DOS PEGOS | Vinhas Velhas | 2015
touriga nacional | syrah | alicante bouschet


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Tonight we are going to review a wine blend from Portugal – Monte dos Pegos Vinhas Velhas 2015. This wine comes from the Alentejo region, which is quite similar to California, with low rolling hills of wheat and hot temperatures with tons of sun. The blend is made mainly of touriga nacional, with some syrah and alicante bouschet to add some spiciness and round up the blending formula, but enough theory, let’s get straight to the tasting and find out how good this wine is.
Take a look at the tasting notes below and our detailed assessment of the wine:


Deep and opaque purple color, with hints of indigo towards the rim of the glass.


The nose is strong, filled mostly with black fruit flavours: blackcurrant, blue plum, black mulberry, blueberry, sour cherry, blackberry, blueberry jam and some nuanced hints of cilantro. An instant later comes secondary and tertiary notes of black pepper, leather, cloves and very clear irony notes of raw meat.


The wine is medium-dry, with moderate alcohol level, strong acidity and smooth tannin. It feels round, lean and tart, with a nuanced earthiness . This is a wide, a bit angular wine, a bit off its balance, with a nice spiciness towards the end. The wine has a fair overall balance and a pleasant crispness towards the end.


It has a medium finish and an balanced, but quite acrid aftertaste.

chartsThis is definitely a fine Wine of Portugal and the overall rating says the same, with 89.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.

Conclusion: this is a wine that is yet too young to drink now – tart, wide and angular – therefore a couple more years of bottle ageing will do just fine. Its smooth tannins and aggressive acidity makes this wine the perfect pairing partner for fat-rich meals. Our recommendation would be to go with a flavoured cold cuts board or a pan-seared sirloin steak, as the latter paring is simply amazing. Cheers.

WineStatistics tasting results:

Vinhas Velhas | 2015

grape: | touriga nacional | syrah | alicante bouschet |

region: Portugal | Alentejo

overall rating: | 89.7 |

conclusion: fine | highly recommended



(c) The WineStatistics ratings are based solely on our own knowledge of the world of wine and on our personal wine tastes, which may, or may not, differ from yours – the reader. There are no absolutes of right and wrong in wine appreciation.

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