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Portugal’s Alentejo region, set between Lisbon and the Algarve, is dominated by cork forests and olive groves. In the early 19th century, Thomas Reynolds moved here from Oporto, chiefly to become involved in the cork business.
Three generations later, his grandson, John Reynolds, purchased a 900 hectare property – Herdade do Mouchão. In addition to the family’s cork activities, he set about making wine. Vineyards were planted and in 1901 he built a high-ceilinged adobe winery (“adega”).
Following the 1974 revolution, the estate was expropriated and only returned to the family in 1985. Today, the Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations.
Dom Rafael was first released in 1990 as the second wine of the estate and named after one of the founders of the Herdade do Mouchão 100 years previously. It is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira and Aragonez, vinified in lagares in the traditional way and aged in large wooden vats with a proportion in barrels for 12 months and released after a further 6 months in bottle.
Dark and brooding in appearance with a nose that is rich and rounded with spice and dark chocolate notes. The palate is full and mellow with dark fruit, leather and warming spice flavours.