The Howard’s Folly Winemakers Choice 2013 is the showcase wine, showing off both the winemaker and the region of Alentejo where the wine is produced. It offers complex aromas of dark berries and plum fruits. The palate is firm, well structured with vibrant fruit and good finishing acidity. There is huge potential for bottle ageing the Winemakers Choice as well as being suitable for being drunk now. A blend of varietals goes into making this exquisite bottle. Whilst being predominantly Syrah (40%) there are also some local Portuguese grapes in there with30% Alicante Bouschet, 20% Aragonez, 10% Touriga Nacional making up the rest. A testament to Portuguese wine. Produced in Portalegre to the north east of the Alentejo on the granite foothills of the São Mamede mountains, where cooler temperatures, along with many old vines, gives complexity and freshness. the grapes are handpicked /transported in 15kg plastic crates with a yield of 4-6 tons/ha being achieved. The grapes are then de-stalked prior to gentle crushing and aged for 9 months in used French and American oak barrels. Blended and bottled in April 2014. . Tanks: Small 15 tons fermenters with regular pump-overs and delastage. Temperature: 24ºC a 27ºC. Howard’s Folly is a small producer of wine from the Alentejo region of Portugal. The winemaker, David Baverstock, is an Australian by nationality but long time Portuguese resident who is credited with revolutionising the Portuguese wine industry by introducing new world techniques to old world material. He has won the Portuguese Red Wine Trophy at both the 1999 and 2002 International Wine Challenges, as well as winemaker of the year (Portugal) 1999, the first non Portuguese Winemaker to do so. He is the head winemaker for the world famous Herdade do Esporão.