(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) A selection of the best casks of the Grande Reserva went into this wine. A little dank, a little weedy now, with a slightly dried out character, maybe a touch maderised. Still has some quality, and the balance is pretty good in the finish.
(2015) Whites are only 10% of production. This is Aragonez with a little bit of Alicante Bouschet. Only a tiny bit of the wine sees oak. Sweet, rich and slightly Port with tobacco and currant notes. The palate is savoury, with a rustic gripping tannin and plenty of acid. It's a nice, easy drinking but bold and simple red.
(2015) Same blend but more Alicante Bouschet (40%) and subsequently more oak. Ripe and much juicier and fresher, still has some smokiness and now a little cherry and floral touch. The palate has delicious sweetness and good length too, with plenty of freshening acid and still peppery, grippy notes in the finish.
(2015) 10%Aragonez, now mostly Alicante Bouschet and a touch of Trincadeira. 26k bottles and about to move on to 2008. Big fragrance here, a lovely cherry and incense lift and there is a touch fudge And sweet stewing blackberries. The palate has lovely fruit, with masses of sweet fruit and powerful concentration into a long finish.
(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.
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