Our November wine of the month

Before João Portugal Ramos started producing his own wines, he worked as a wine consultant in Portugal’s most iconic wine-growing regions and over the decades he became very established and well-known.

In 1990, Ramos decided that it was time he started to make his own wine and planted his first vines, over a five-hectare area in Estremoz, in the sub-region of Borba, north of Alentejo. The Vila Santa estate, which was built according to the traditional Alentejo architectural style and enlarged in both 2000 and 2017, has placed Estremoz on the map for fine Portuguese wines, and it welcomes visitors from the world over.

Today, we introduce you to his 2017 Ramos Reserva. Made with local grape varieties, this wine is a blend of Trincadeira, Aragonez and Shiraz grapes which come from vineyards located at altitude around the Vila Santa estate. The grapes are harvested by hand. They are de-stemmed after pre-fermentation maceration at 7° and are then pumped into stainless steel vats where over a week they undergo fermentation at a controlled temperature of 25°.

From its colour – you can see the wonderful concentration of fruit – you can tell that this wine definitely comes from a sunny region. This depth of concentration extends to the nose as many different complex aromatic scents mingle to reveal grandiose aromas of red fruit which develop into coffee, chocolate and spicy notes. With the attack, there’s an appealing bouquet garni of jammy red fruit, followed by great smoothness on the mid-palate and the finish has notes of pepper and cherries in brandy.

This wine pairs well with beef with shallots, slow-roasted pork cheek as well as veal loin with chanterelle mushrooms.

Fine wine lovers, don’t bide your time, you must try this 2017 Ramos Reserva, available exclusively in all Cactus supermarkets. We hope you enjoy it!