The Alentejo Wines of Ciclo Vinho

We are over the moon to introduce the very first Portuguese producers into our import portfolio, Ciclo Vinho and Quinta do Regainho.

Hugo and Joana Campos of Ciclo Vinho have just 1.5 hectares of vines in the Estremoz region of Alentejo comprising no less than 10 different indigenous Portuguese grape varieties. With these they work with minimal intervention and by hand to craft fragrant, pure and vivacious natural wines in tiny quantities - just 600-2,000 bottles of each cuvée is made.

After meeting and tasting with Hugo in Portugal last year, we are thrilled to have received an allocation of the newly released 2023s and we can’t wait to introduce them to you, and that’s just what we intend to do next Saturday with an all Ciclo takeover of our by the glass menu.
 
Join us from 1pm next Saturday 18th May to celebrate the arrival of some long awaited spring sunshine and the reawakening of our garden. In total we'll be pouring all 7 delicious wines from Hugo and Joana alongside salty snacks and tinned fish. We hope to see you there!
  • Ciclo Branco (£25)A field blend of 6 varieties growing in limestone including Alvarinho, Arinto, Roupeiro, Rabo de Ovelha, Perum, Encruzado. Fresh and high-toned with citric acidity, exotic fruit notes and a creamy, long palate.
 
  • Ciclo Tinto (£25): The Ciclo Tinto is made from 100% Aragonés, hand-picked and fermented in a traditional Portuguese open lagar. A lovely ruby red in colour with very light body and crunchy, spicy berry and cherry fruit on the linear, direct palate.

 

  • Ciclo Curtimenta (£26): This Curtimenta (orange/skin contact) is 100% Moscatel crushed in whole-bunches and fermented with native yeasts on skins for a week in a traditional Portuguese lagar. A golden orange in colour with perfumed aromas of white flowers, honey and spice. Medium bodied on the palate with crisp acidity, light tannins and a creamy texture.

 

  • Ciclo Rosado (£26): The Ciclo Rosado is a blend of Fernão Pires and Touriga Nacional growing in limestone soils at 350m above sea level. Deep pink in colour and light bodied with enchanting aromas of wild berries, fresh picked herbs and a savoury quality on the dry finish.

 

  • Ciclo Palhete (£26): This is the Palhete, a traditional Portuguese style blending red (70%) and white (30%) grapes together. Just 600 bottle were made from a single 55 year old vineyard growing in granite at 600m above sea level. Vibrant and crunchy red fruits to the fore with invigorating acidity and complex and savoury spice notes developing.

 

  • Ciclo Primeiro Maceração (£26): Primeiro Maceração is a blend of Arinto, Fernão Pires, Alicante and Tamarez from the same vineyard as the Palhete, planted in 1975 in granite soils at high altitude. The grapes were hand-picked and macerated on skins for 5 days without temperature control. A structured and intense orange wine with an explosion of tropical and stone fruit aromas - lychee, kiwi, apricot - leading to a bright, lightly tannic palate.

 

  • Ciclo Pét Nat Branco (£27): The Ciclo pét nat is 100% Arinto, hand-picked and vinified in the ancestral method without added yeast, sugar or sulphur. A taut and vigorous pét nat with persistent bubbles carrying aromas of lemons, limes, green apples and honey.