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(2019) 100% Alicante Bouschet from two blocks, one on clay giving strong fruit and freshness, the other on sandy soil with lower acid and more roundness says Luis. Aged in all new oak, 70% French, 30% American. Beautiful aromatic nose, lovely coffee and mocha, and deep but bright fruit, graphite and cedar, and long, cool acidity with fine, tight-grained tannins. Stockist quoted is for the previous vintage.
(2018) One of my all-time favourite wines from Portugal, Mouchão in 2013 is a bit of a stunner. A blend of Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira, foot trodden, and made in a big, old oak vats, it always strikes me as a cross between Burgundy and the Rhône, with the perfume and soulful character of the former, and spice and juicy structure of the latter - while, of course, being entirely its own wine. A beautiful medley of ripe black berries, sweet earth, subtle spicing and floral touches leads on to a palate that is sumptuous and deep, yet light in both texture and its freshness: an alert, life-force of a wine, the tannins and juicy acids giving lots of attack and tension, and suggesting this will only improve with cellaring, but already giving great pleasure with its core of firm, savoury fruit.
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