(2019) Lovely sense of mealy creaminess with 60% of the fruit barrel fermented and aged in new 500-litre barrels. Nutty but fresh too, beautiful fruit ripeness, so tangy with a lime and tangerine acidity and a delightful creaminess to the texture again. Price quoted is when bought by the six-bottle case. Take the wine-searcher link for other stockists, where single bottle price is around £24.00
(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) Lovely big, dense chocolate and red plum character, creamy and meaty. Cedar and some tobacco comes through, lightening the picture. Seven months in used barrel, but keen, bright, edgy and focused tart berry fruit character, really grippy tannin and keen acidity add plenty of structure to the fresh fruit.
(2019) Matured in new and one year-old barrels for 12 months, this is 100% Tinta Roriz, aka Tempranillo. Cedary, spicy, some meat stock and plenty of meaty, dark berry fruit. Lots of firm tannic backbone, very juicy though, lots of sour cherry and the tightness of the tannins on the finish suggest this needs time, or to be decanted now. I can see no retail stockists in the UK at time of review.
(2019) Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Alfrocheiro blend, each component fermented in stainless steel then aged separately for 12 months in new and used French oak before blending. Very sophisticated wine, herb and garrigue character, fudge-like creaminess and keen-edged black fruits. Juicy and deliciously cool and creamy, mint-edged black fruit smoothly fresh into the menthol finish. Note price and stockist quoted at time of review is for an earlier vintage.
(2019) Several varieties in this fascinating wine, 40% Encruzado, 30% Gouveio, 12% Semillon and 18% unidentified field blend, with wines from the 2005, 2006 and 2009 vintages, it spends an average of 10 years in barrel. This is only the third release of this wine, 7000 bottles. Again some mint and vanilla characters, plenty of barrel influence, creamy and waxy, and still with some herbal and lightly truffle character, but the freshness and clarity is excellent. What an interesting wine, salts and sour lemon giving intense character.
(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
(2019) At time of review this was in Lidl stores as a special parcel, and though I am not certain of stock levels, it is one of my best rosé buys for 2019. An uncommon rosé from Dão in Portugal, a blend of 50% Touriga-Nacional and 50% Alfrocheiro, weighing in with 12.5% alcohol. It has the requisite pale and contemporary colour, but backs that up with a lovely nose of small red berries, delicate spicing and a little rose-hip, floral nuance. In the mouth it balances its juicy redcurrant and raspberry fruitiness and tartness with enough sweetness and acidity to give a harmonious, dry finish. The stylishness here belies the lowly price tag. Watch the video for more information.
(2019) The mountainous inland region of Dão produces some great wines in northern Portugal, including this excellent blend of 40% Aragonez (tempranillo), with 30% each of Alfrocheiro and Touriga Nacional. Oak aged, this has a sumptuous and very inviting nose, filled with tobacco spice and dark berry fruits, there's a hint of cocoa and of a lighter, raspberry or even floral character. In the mouth the fruit really punches through, ripe, creamy and sweet, the gentle, background tannins and acidity together with that vanilla and tobacco spice linger in the finish. A great little buy in Lidl's spring 2019 'wine tour' which kicked off on 28th March. Note however, reports have reached me on 30th March of several stores being sold out of this wine.
(2017) A 15-year-old wine from the Dão doesn't come along every day, and the good news is this is an absolute beauty. A blend of the local Jaen (Spain's Mencia) and Rufete, it's a Burgundy-lover's dream, brimming with truffle and damp forest floor aromas, a touch of medicinal, herb and briar-wood, and a soft background of earthy, cedar-touched bramble fruit. In the mouth the creamy sweetness of the ripe berries is gorgeous, layered with spices and truffly, meat and herb notes, it is complex but at the same time deliciously moreish. What a treat. For more information watch my video review.