Winery: Alves de Sousa
Grapes: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão and others
Region: Douro e Porto
Food pairing: Rack of lamb, game (wild boar)
Ageing: 15 months in new and 2nd year french oak
Reviews and Awards: Producer of the year in Portugal in 2006 and 1999 (Portuguese Wine Magazine);1992 –Best Portuguese wine in the Intern. Wine Challenge; 1994 –Best Portuguese wine in the Conc.Int. Vins de Montagne; 1995–Gold Medal (Challenge International du Vin); 1997–Best Portuguese wine in the Intern. Wine Challenge Shanghai; 1999– “(...) le Cheval Blanc du Douro.” Maximum classific.; 5* (La Revue du Vin de France); 2000–92 pts in Robert Parker; 2003–18 points (out of 20) (Port.Wine Mag); 2005– 93 pts (Robert Parker); –18 pts (Jancis Robinson; out of 20); 2008–Award “Best wines of the year” (J.P. Martins Guide); –
Gold Medal (Conc.Mond.Bruxelles); – 92 pts (Robert Parker); Award “Best Portuguese Wines of the Year.
Tasting Notes: Deep ruby colour. Raspberry flavours with eucalyptus leaves and dry dark plums. Solid, with great structure, but with the typical balance and elegance of Gaivosa. Great complexity and facing many and good years in front.
Aroma: Eucalyptus leaves and dry dark plums.