(2021) I always think of Touriga Franca adding fragrance to the wines of the Douro valley, and here in the Alentejo that is the case too. From clay and limestone soils, it spent 18 months in French oak. Very saturated deep crimson, there are kirsch-like and violet lifted perfumes here, over a core of darker fruit and polished oak. In the mouth the sweet edge to the fruit is lovely, and acidity adds a keen edge to give energy. Medium-bodied, there's a little more flesh on the mid-palate, cherries and black plums, and a dry, sandy tannin finish that nevertheless is elegant. No UK retail listing at time of review.
(2021) The Seleção de Ano - "Selection of the Year" wines are small batches made as one offs when fruit and conditions are right. This spent 12 months in French oak and only 3,600 bottles were produced. Made from the red-fleshed Alicante Bouschet variety its a striking vibrant crimson in colour and offers vinous aromas of cherry and vine fruits, a darker charry tone beneath. In the mouth it is quite a strident, concentrated wine. There's plenty of liquoricy bite to this, firm in terms of tannins and acidity, and quite a big mouthful that needs the barbie fired up perhaps. No UK stockist listed at time of review.
(2019) Touriga Nacional, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez. Perfumed and quite leafy, a vegetal hint to floral and cherry. Deeper and meatier than the Sossego Tinto, a liquorice twist of bittersweet tannin, acid and dark fruit.
(2018) A wine you won't forget, Amnésia is a blend of Aragonez (Spain's Tempranillo) with Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah, the sort of Portuguese/French mix that the Alentejo region does rather well. Unoaked, there's a bright blackcurrant and kirsch character on the nose, and the palate presents a straightward but juicy and highly gluggable raft of sweet, dark berry fruit, all balancing nicely into the finish which is smooth and elegant. Very nicely done, super-modern stuff.
(2017) A blend of Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Castelâo, Syrah and Alicant Bouschet, this is dark in colour and aroma with damson plum and blueberry, a touch of chocolate, and a touch of Indian ink. In the mouth it is smooth, silky and offers a deep pool of glossy black fruit. There's a nice inky dryness from the Alicante Bouschet, and good levels of acidity and creamy tannin. It's just grippy and rustic enough in the finish to nicely offset that suave character.
(2015) Mostly Trincadeira, a proportion spends 12 months in new French oak coopered in Portugal. Liquorice and delightful black cherry fruit, has a cedary note and a nicely green note that fits so nicely in the profile. Beautiful palate - fresh and vital, with a gorgeous dry juiciness. Long and delicious.
(2015) One year in French oak. All Cabernet, with a nice smokiness and obvious ripeness, a little game and earthy green note that is very pleasing. The palate is fairly lean with the tight tannins and a hot, baked earth touch, juicy and spicy, grippy but quite smooth tannins.
(2015) Meaty and earthy, a much gamier and slightly more wild character from 10-year-old vines of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. But then it has a floral and peppery lift and a really dense creamy dark fruit. Tightly wound, liquoricy, with very focused black fruit, plenty of extract here for Mouchao - made to a different pattern.