There are probably those who don’t know, but singer Cliff Richard, the music star is the man behind this wine. Sir Cliff has been knowing and loving the Algarve for over 60 years and became a wine producer in that area for over 10 years.
The Vida Nova 2014 was mainly produced from Syrah (60%) and Aragonês (30%) grape varieties, conjugated with a touch of Alicante Bouschet (10%) which is not indicated on the label.
The resulting wine has a deep purple color.
Intense aromas of black fruits, plum, cherry and berries, on the nose. The well-balanced fruits complement the earthy notes, tobacco and dark chocolate, with fresh herbs, anise and mint, and a little bit of sweetness. On the palate, a complex combination of extensive tannins and low acidity, leading to a persistent finish.
Winemaking: the grapes were growing in the sunny Algarve, on sandy soil with good drainage and red clay. After the harvest, they aged for 14 months in a combination of stainless steel vats and French and American oak barrels before bottling.
This full-bodied, regional wine contains 14% alcohol.
Pairing well with various spicy meats, either duck, lamb, rabbit stew or beef. Maybe because of the sweetness of fruits, this wine goes well also with a sweet dessert.
This award-winning winery with its Vida Nova wines started the revival of Algarvian wines reflecting in them the energy and vitality of this unknown wine region.