Grape Colour: Red
Grape Region: Alentejano
The grape was first cultivated in France in 1866 by Henri Bouschet and is a cross between the Petit Bouschet and Grenache. It was widely popular in the US during prohibition as its thick red juice was able to be fermented even at third pressing. It has been in the Alentejo for so long that it is firmly acknowledged as a native grape. It has high yields, thick skins and deeply coloured juice with a highly fleshy interior. It is praised for its colour, yield, fruitiness and tannin levels. It has leaves that are unique in having purple coloured patches. The vines enjoy a Mediterranean climate and favour granite and schist soils.