(2019) Beautiful lift to the nose here, violets and sweet spices, a slick of black fruits and lightening touch of raspberry in there too. Rich but freshness too, a graphite edge to black cherry and cassis, smooth and fine tannins and beautifully integrated acidity.
(2019) New to the market, this wine from the Cima Corga is the first release. A little lighter in colour, bright, again hugely floral aromatics, lots of lift and elegance. Real juiciness, real elegance, there is a grippy edge to the tannins to add a ruffling quality, great cherry skin and pert, dry red fruit acidity. Delightful.
(2019) This will not be released until some time in 2020, but is a fabulous wine. A field blend of around 20 varieties, from a single vineyard that is over 100 years old and harvested at just one ton per hectare, one bunch per vine. Fine black fruit, very pure and cassis-like, such lovely depth and racy dryness, spicy and very long. Superb wine, tentative 94 for now, but possibly worth more. The 2010 is for sale in some Portuguese stores at around 250 Euros per bottle.
(2019) Legado is a separate ultra-premium brand, but made at the Casa Ferreirinha winery. A blend of 35% Touriga Franca, plus Touriga Nacional, Donzelinho, Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca and other varieties from the old vineyards of Quinta do Caêdo. It is aged two years in French oak, in cellars at Vila Nova di Gaia. Powerful nose, plenty of balsamic, slightly resinous oak, deep damson plum and liquorice, little blueberry and aromatic violet touches. Supple, silky tannins, a big sour cherry character with good acidity.
(2019) Beautiful nose, less dominated by the oak than the 2013 Legado, and of course with 10 years under its belt. Beautiful lift and floral edges, some ash and coffee comes through, that signature freshness again, that bittersweet cocoa and dark cherry edge of tart acidity, this is long - very long - and has such layered savoury qualities, vast intensity and such freshness. 50% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz and 10% Tinto Cão.
(2019) Just a touch musty at first, the aromatics a little suppressed, but with some agitation it begins to open and show the aromatics, those floral edges to meat-stock and figgy aromas, in the mouth lovely creaminess to the tannins, another lovely wine, though perhaps the 2008 showing a little better on the day.
(2019) Elegant lift here, the florals and bergamot and violet perfume pronounced, creamy black berries, so pure. Beautifully supple sweetness with some bittersweet cocoa and endive bite of cherry ripe acidity. Deep and delicious.
(2019) Spicy, bold, quite a deep colour, bold fruit and spice-driven, some aromatic tobacco notes, the palate creamy and rich, the figgy sweetness offset by the acidity. Lovely freshness with unobtrusive spirit just warming the finish.
(2019) Unfined unfiltered, and George says it needs to be decanted off the sediment if three or more years old. More closed than the Reserve. Currants and cherries, nice floral and leafy characters emerging, some pepperiness and a nice long finish.