(2020) There's a really interesting story behind this wine, from canned wine specialist Nice Drinks: an Argentinian Malbec originally intended to be sold in 25cl cans for the summer festival season, Covid obviously spoiled that plan, so instead it has been bottled in regular 75cl bottles, with all proceeds going to NHS charities. Nurse Ella is pictured on the label of the re-branded wine: "Wine for Heroes". I won't lie to you and say it is the best Malbec I've every tasted, but it is a perfectly quaffable example that pushes the Malbec buttons of being fruity and creamy, sweet and ripe on the mid-palate, with enough acidity and soft tannin to balance. The most important thing about the wine is the cause of course: nice-drinks.co.uk/heroes. Watch the video for more information and food-matching ideas.
(2012) With Tinta Roriz from the warm Mediterranean climate of the Douro and Baga from the Atlantic influenced Bairrada, this unusual blend his an elegant, ripe and high-toned blue-black fruitiness, with juicy cherry and blackcurrant aromas to the fore that are clean and fresh. On the palate it stays in that same focused and precise spectrum, the fruit dark and sweet, but always crisp and well delineated, with a real sense of freshness and agility to the tannins and acidity. A delightful, well-balanced and light- to medium-bodied drinking wine.