(2017) A blend of Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Castelâo, Syrah and Alicant Bouschet, this is dark in colour and aroma with damson plum and blueberry, a touch of chocolate, and a touch of Indian ink. In the mouth it is smooth, silky and offers a deep pool of glossy black fruit. There's a nice inky dryness from the Alicante Bouschet, and good levels of acidity and creamy tannin. It's just grippy and rustic enough in the finish to nicely offset that suave character.
(2017) Seven Springs has come a long way in a short time, including scooping a 'silver' in the Decanter World Wine Awards for this wine. Aged in 300-litre barrels for a year, it has toast and vanilla, but the cool harvest has also created a touch of green - fig and greengage - that gives lovely tension and aromatic complexity, the wild yeast ferment adding a savoury aspect. In the mouth it has bold, fresh acidity to offset the ripe stone fruits, teetering on tropical, but drier and more restrained as it finishes with fine clarity.
(2017) Always one of my favourites in the Seven Springs range, this powerful 14% Syrah has youthful exuberance to spare, with a bold, ripe black fruit aroma, underpinned by notes of chocolate and tobacco, but there's a hint of violet lift in there too. Smooth and creamy on the palate, the weight of that fleshy berry and plum fruit is there, tight, fine tannins and juicy acids completing a deliciously easy-drinking yet quite structured young wine that will cellar for a few years.
(2017) This rosé, or 'Rosado' is made from Touriga Naçional in the Alentejo region, a relatively deeply-coloured pink with perky aromas showing a touch of cherry bubblegum, bright and floral notes and a pleasing hint of tobacco and spice. It's bold and flavourful on the palate too, plenty of summery strawberry and raspberry fruit, a nice undertow of lemon and tart cherry acids, giving it both easy-drinking sweetness and a bit of genuine, food-friendly, spicy savouriness.
(2017) What a lovely white wine this is, crisp with only 12.5% alcohol, it's a blend of the local Arinto and Fernão Pires with Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne, an unsual mix that brings bright, herbaceous and waxy tones as well as copious zingy fruit. Grapefruit and peach on the palate, shimmering between tropicality and something much more tersely delineated, a long, balanced finish with excellent acidity completes and impressive picture. Watch the video for more information and food-maatching ideas.