(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) Made by ace Portuguese winemaker Rui Reguinga, this wine from the Tejo region is mostly Touriga Nacional with a splash of Syrah. It has a lovely nose - dry and curranty, with a hint of woodsmoke and black plum, but immediately suggests a refreshing, forward style. The palate has deliciously juicy and chocolate-touched richness of black fruit, that hint of briar, earth and smoke is lovely, giving this a lingering finish and good deal of complexity.
(2015) More than 50% Trincadeira, from the old vineyards. Has a maturing nose, with undergrowth and smoke, but it is quite animal and gamy, with a real feeling of terroir, baked earth and sweet fruit, with a lovely finish, developing a little chocolate.
(2015) Powerful and youthful nose, meaty, still oaky, possibly slightly too much adding a resinous note, with deep-set black fruit and a certain prune or raisin note, coffee coming through, but not lacking freshness, with a long and juicy finish.
(2015) Significantly cleaner than the 2003, with some currant and cherry and some herb and cedar notes coming through. The palate has a drying but balanced character, and very nice harmony with enough juiciness and fresh red fruit aromas. Long and the most complete wine so far.
(2015) Bottled 8th of the 8th 2008. Earthy, rich and coffeeish, with some smoky wheat germ notes, a dense black fruit beneath. The palate has a big, lean stripe of tannin, very dry, the combination of oak and that ripe but powerful fruit very impressive, so sweet fruited, but a little overpowering.
(2015) Nice light colour ("Portugal's Pinot Noir") and lovely soft nose, the creamy French oak and a nice briar note, with 20% whole bunches and stems giving lovely soft berry fruit and briar, long with gentle spice and lovely balance. Yummy.
(2015) Sweet and orthodox nose, with a touch of tobacco and spice, and a rich bramble and berry fruit. The oak is very nicely handled, with a dry tannin across the palate, drying the fruit slightly more than I might like, with currant and slightly baked qualities, though there is a spicy, fruit concentration in the finish.
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