(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.
(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.