(2019) The Symington family produce this meaty and fruity red from organically-grown Tinta Barocca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, from the largest organic-certified farm in the Douro. There's a delightfully lifted floral and herbal, tobbaco and spice aroma, all floating over black fruit. On the palate it is firm, with a dry and tannic framework that does really call out for food, but the savoury, dark and robust black fruit is there. Some retailers, including Waitrose, have moved on to the 2017 vintage which I have not tasted, but it is usually a reliable wine that I have tasted over many vintages. Watch the video for more information and food matching ideas.
(2019) Striking packaging for this, entirely wrapped in a a thick grey paper, with all of the front and back label information printed in gold, and a hand-tied extra label round the neck with string. It's a collboration between two very good Port and still-wine families of the Douro, Barros and Van Zeller, and the wine is aged in ex-vintage Port barrels for 12 months, a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. Dark, bold purple/black, it has cherry and vine fruit aromas, a nice tobacco and spice touch too. In the mouth it's a real charmer, with lots of upfront ripe black fruits, but there is a fine, sophisticated background of spices and a polished, graphite character, smooth and chocolatey tannins, and pert cherry acidity to complete a really nice, refined but completely approachable picture. Slightly gimmicky packaging? Well, the wine world is a bit short of imagination in that respect and inside is a really rather nice wine. Watch the video for more information.
(2019) Similar aromatics to the Figos white, with that lightly yeast character, some more small red fruits, that pithy quality again, mouth watering with redcurrant dry, small berries.
(2019) This has been my 'Wine of the Week' a couple of times in previous vintages and is a delightfully fresh summer blend that seems to defy the hot conditions of the Douro. Floral and lime freshness and limpidity. Gorgeous texture and big thwack of seaside salinity and pithy lemon fruit in a terrific little wine at the price.
(2019) Made mostly from Rabigato. Youthful green tinge and a more open, slightly yeasty and complex nose than the Planalto with some herb and light figgy aromatics. Huge grapefruit character, pithy and dry, lovely. Price given is if buying by the case of six.
(2019) All made from estate-grown fruit, the blend is Viosinho and Arinto, 50% matured in new 500-litre French oak for 6 months. The oak here just adds creaminess, a hint of almond, then grapefruit and more salty minerality into a long, shimmering finish. Very good value.
(2019) Four varieties from Cima Corga, led by Touriga Franca. Nice bright colour, red and black vine fruits, primary, dry and with a slight inkiness, dry and liquorice character, lovely fresh acids and smooth tannins.
(2019) The same four varieties as the 'Esteva', but from hotter Douro superior and meatier and more balsamic in character, certainly more rustic on the palate, but with a meaty charm and again very good freshness to the acids and tannins.
(2019) From Cima Corga and Douro Superior, this spends 12 months in three- and four-year-old oak. Again the Douro's Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca is the blend. Instantly smoother and silkier, the palate has a blue-black fruit intensity, it is fleshy, but the smoother tannins and ripe fruit married to elegant plummy acidity.
(2019) Older French oak for 75% of this, plus 25% of new American oak. Luis says it's a deliberate move to make a style more similar to New World wines, but still all Portuguese varieties (60% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinta Roriz). Slightly balsamic, more spicy opening, but the vinous Douro fruit is there, savoury, dark, lovely deep plummy vine fruits.