(2017) Made from 40-year-old vines of Touriga Nacional grown in the Tua valley. The wine is foot-trodden in lagar, before maturing for three months in new French oak. Vivid, bold, deep crimson in colour, there's a beautiful fragrance here, the floral top notes of violet and briary roses over firm black fruit and a touch of cedar. The palate has lots of spice, from the grapes rather than the barrels, again that firm and unwavering core of acidity and tannin, wrapped in a smoothing, tobacco and chocolate veneer. Really very good.
(2016) The TR in question is Tinta Roriz, aka Tempranillo, here with dark and vinous aromas of black vine fruits, also coffee and a hint of mint. On the palate this is a substantial, smooth and supple wine, absolutely overflowing with juicy black berry sweetness of fruit, underpinned by that coffee and toast of the oak. The tannins are quite soft and velvetty, whcih with moderate acidity adds to the creamy and seductive picture.
(2016) VV stands for Vinhas Velhas, or 'Old Vines', over 20 different varieties making up the blend from the farm's old mixed planting vineyards. Like the Tinta Roriz, we are back in full-on, seductive and velvetty mode here, with mocha and exotic spices and a bottomless pool of black fruit aromas. On the palate a touch more gamy interest than the TR, and a slightly leaner, higher acid structure too, this has freshness which it has traded for a bit of sheer decadence, but it is a fine wine and ageworthy too.
(2010) >From mixed plantings of 41 different red varieties, foot-trodden then aged in new Allier oak barrels. Massive nose, with abundant creamy, cappuccino oak, a welter-weight of plummy fruit and yet a perfumed edge that is much lighter and more floral. Brilliant fruit on the palate, really sings out with massive berry sweetness, a slick of chocolate and terrific length. How does such quality and personality get crammed into a bottle?
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