(2020) With 55% Marsanne and 45% Viognier, whole bunches go into old puncheons for indigenous ferment. 100% Malolactic. A touch of creaminess and oatmeal, a nice little floral note, honeysuckle, then the fruit bursts onto the palate with great, cool ripeness, all the pear and apricot but a firmness to the finish, lemon rind and a bit of phenolic grip.
(2020) Made with 30% whole bunches and a small percentage of Viognier skins in 5,000-litre foudre. Very fine aromatics, perfumed with roses and violets, a little liquorice and thyme and cherry and raspberry lifted and elegant fruit. A touch of smokiness too, then the palate has a light, savoury, gently meaty and chestnutty quality. The palate has sweet fruit that is linear and taut, with good acidity and a sour cherry.
(2020) A natural wine, from Dijon clones and fruit 100% whole-bunch pressed, made in small 500 litre pots. Quite racy, lifted herbal and lightly herbaceous, cherry fruit. Quite plush on the palate, with a juicy orange or grapefruit nip of acidity, giving it clarity and freshness. Delightful.
(2020) Tasted from a half bottle, which the estate prepares for such tastings. Only around 19% new oak for ageing, and around a third fermented with whole bunches. The colour is softening to a pale ruby, lots of spices and rose notes, touches of clove and incense. The palate has a generous, ripe and sweet fruit, cherryish with soft rhubarb notes, little touches of chocolate and spice, finishing with a tang of juicy orange acidity. Price and stockist at time of reveiw are for the 2017 vintage.
(2020) A very primary, bright crimson colour, this has more lift and florals than the 2016 Midnight Race. The palate has a cooler character, a line of fine liquorice and raspberry fruit, a herbal touch, but the tannins are so fine, elegant, and the balance excellent.
(2020) Here there were 22% whole bunches in the ferment, and it spent 12 months in French oak, one quarter of it new barrels. A blend of fruit from the Burn Cottage and Sauvage Vineyards. Beautifully pale colour, soft, delicate, seductive Pinot style, rose and cranberry, the spice is notable, as is the silkiness of tannin. Delicious.
(2019) From the Guedes family's Quinta da Torre estate in Monção close to the Spanish border, a region specifically renowned for Alvarinho wines, this is in a much lighter, more saline framework than the Azevedo Reserva tasted alongside, but super-fresh and bursting with personality.
(2019) Encruzado and Verdelho blend. Fermented in steel, then two years in 225 litre used French oak barrels. More obvious creamy and custardy oak, lovely stone fruit and lemon fruit, a touch of saline character. The palate has that softened, creamy barrel character. So much balancing acidity that it never loses focus. Again, price is when bought by the six-bottle case, but see wine-searcher for single bottle options.
(2019) Again 70/30 blend of Loureiro and Alvarinho, with 40% fermented on the skins to build texture. An extra dimension of ripeness and fruit skin grip, the palate bone dry and powerful. So intense on the palate, skinny and grippy, lemon and orange rind, wonderful creamy texture.
(2019) From three vineyards on different soils, to add complexity. Lovely fragrance here, and a tight glossiness to the black fruit, a big raft of plum skin and black cherry acidity and tight spicy tannin, a delicious wine with great structure, fruit and freshness, with excellent length too. Again price is when buying a six-bottle case, but wine-searcher link will show other stockists with single bottles around £22.00