(2015) One year in French oak. All Cabernet, with a nice smokiness and obvious ripeness, a little game and earthy green note that is very pleasing. The palate is fairly lean with the tight tannins and a hot, baked earth touch, juicy and spicy, grippy but quite smooth tannins.
(2015) Meaty and earthy, a much gamier and slightly more wild character from 10-year-old vines of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Syrah. But then it has a floral and peppery lift and a really dense creamy dark fruit. Tightly wound, liquoricy, with very focused black fruit, plenty of extract here for Mouchao - made to a different pattern.
(2015) Alicante Bouschet 90% with Trincadeira. Meaty and rich, with some leather and game, some cedar, and a very solid core of fruit. There is layering of oak, but it is savoury and meaty too. Loads of juicy fruit freshness, plenty of cherry and vine fruits, and very nice fresh acidity. Long and fine, with smooth but spicy tannins and a touch of coffee.
(2015) Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonez, part of it aged in oak before blending. Tight, charcoal-touched, clean and earthy, lightly inky black fruit. A little herby, grassy aspect too. Plenty of juicy freshness on the palate too: it's a wine with that tight, inky-dry black fruit juiciness, but at its core lovely sweetness and crunch, finishing dry with that hint of rusticity about the tannins. Not quite on the market yet.
(2015) Mostly Trincadeira with a little Touriga nacional in this blend. Creamier and sweeter on the nose, more vanilla and sweet, ripe and fleshy fruit, lovely richness and a much more seductive style, but long and focused.
(2015) Lots of creamy vanillin oak, with a custardy note at first and plenty of ripe juicy apple and oatmeal character. The palate has really nice fruit, with lots of sweet fruit that fills the mouth, and has plenty of dry extract, and the oak has very good quality. Long, and whilst it is a terrific white of lovely quality, the oak is just a little too obvious, and a little too.
(2015) The red partner to the Red Leg Branco is a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez (Tempranillo), Trincadeira and Touriga Nacional is bold in colour and flavour, aromas of spiced plum and liquorice leading on to a dry, grippy palate, with a rustic tannic grip and plenty of savoury spice and dark fruit. Needs a stew or a steak to show at its best I think.
(2015) A touch curranty and slightly baked and a little closed. The palate bursts with sweet fruit, with a lovely level of dry extract, moderate tannins though grippy, good cherry skin acidity and a great core of fruit. Spicy and though not hugely complex, has such lovely fruit and depth.
(2015) Alicante and Syrah, 12 months in oak. Lovely lift and floral aspects, a touch of herbaceous quality, with plenty of oak in the background, with a dry tannin character that maybe needs to soften a little, but it has a lovely blend of powerful substance and delicate aromatics and fruit flavours, again the oak a little too youthful but quality of the wood is excellent and in a few years this should really sing.
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