(2021) Ravasquiera suggest good longevity for this top wine, a single vineyard blend of Syrah and Touriga Franca, aged 20 months in new French oak barrels. Deep, deep crimson, the nose is so elegant: there's graphite and a hint of cigar box, refined but ripe black fruit and that little suggestion of florality in the mix. In the mouth it has the intensity and the concentration, but it has such a lovely fruit profile, juicy with blackberries and plums, edged with bittersweet dark chocolate and bolstered elegantly by smooth tannins and a ripple of acidity. A really very, very classy wine. Price and stockist quoted is for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2021) Heading away from Portuguese varieties for this bottling, 97% Syrah plus Viognier is a northern RhÃ´ne recipe, the wine aged 18 months in French oak. Deep crimson-black in colour, there's a little meatiness here, a little touch of meatstock and umami over black fruit. In the mouth the wine is positively chocolaty, with a great sweetness of dark fruits edged with a raspberry brightness. This is another concetrated wine, but a spine of acidity and really very nice, rich and ripe tannins give a certain sumptuous character. Bold, flavour-packed and quite long, it is a large-scaled wine, but well-balanced. No UK retail stockists listed at time of review.
(2019) Alicante Bouschet is 68% of the blend, with Syrah and Touriga Nacional. Much more obviously minty and ripe, with vanilla and tight blackcurrant. Big dry tannins, but the juicy ripeness of the fruit and the lemony bite of acidity sits nicely in the long, quite elegant finish. Price quoted is if buying a case of six: use the wine-searcher link for single bottle stockists, but price in the Â£25 - Â£27 range.