First taste: Herdade do Mouchão Mouchão 2009
Always good to see the latest vintage of Mouchão, one of the Alentejo region’s iconic wines and probably the world’s leading expression of Alicante Bouschet along with Herdade do Mouchão Tonel No 3-4 .
Herdade do Mouchão Mouchão 2009 (Vinho Regional Alentejano)
Made predominantly from Alicante Bouschet (70%) with Trincadeira this latest release seems to be a particularly fresh vintage from Herdade do Mouchão, even compared with Mouchão 2008 which I reviewed earlier year together with rare flagship Mouchão Tonel No 3-4 2008. It has very well delineated sweet scented yet less sweet on the palate juicy, brambly fruit and incipient marmelada/mebranillo (even its jamminess is on the dry side). It’s a function of Alicante Bouschet’s savoury profile, a quality which is accentuated by Trincadeira’s subtle tobacco riff and this estate’s signature gout de terroir – a eucalyptus inflected warm earthiness and ironstone tang. Fine but present slightly pithy fruit tannins underscore a long finish and bode well for the long term. A lovely wine and, at five years, old just a baby. Handpicked grapes were foot-trodden in stone tanks. The wine was aged in large wooden vats for two to three years, after which it matured for a further two to three years in bottle prior to release. 14.4% UK RRP £32-26.