Fortunato Garcia, from Adega Czar, which produces the wine from old grape varieties, in the Criação Velha area, on the island of Pico in the Azores, says that the Single Harvest Reserve 2013 is intended for the premium market.
In its second batch of 2013 - the first was for the appreciation of journalists and critics - it contains part of the first batch, added to by a barrel that aged for another two years, which "gave it more richness and complexity".
“The icing on the cake was to add a carboy from the last Tsar of the 20th century (1999), said Fortunato Garcia.
The producer says that, in addition to having a worldwide waiting list, he has resisted the temptation to sell several bottles to a single consumer, given the low number of bottles available and thus aiming to “reach the four corners of the world” by diversifying sales.
He says there are buyers from several countries in eastern and northern Europe (Ukraine, Russia and Belarus), as well as in Angola, the United States of America, Canada, Brazil, in addition to the continent and the Azores.
What makes the Tsar a special wine is, according to its producer, the fact that “it comes from old vines that were planted in 1872, plants that are almost 150 years old”.
"Not all of them, because they are replanted, but the average age of the vines is from 60 to 80 years old", he said.