Youthful purple in the glass, showing lightly perfumed fleshy dark fruit with a touch of fine spice. Full-flavoured and rounded on the palate with elegant berry and dark cherry character, approachable tannins and not overly aggressive acidity. A good example of Touriga Nacional quality as a single grape variety.
Scents of cherry with a whiff of herb, vanilla and a pinch of spice introduce lightly sweet dark fruit with rounded structure, grippy but approachable tannins and a well-balanced, harmonious finish.
Dense purple in colour, it has a spicy nose of blackberries and pencil lead. Medium-bodied and dry, it’s well-balanced and firmly structured with a lovely, velvety mouth feel. A house wine contender.
Offers gently perfumed fresh fruity expression with sweet, ripe candied cherry flavours in an easy-drinking, uncomplicated style.
Entirely organic, this is a natural wine, made using clay amphorae in the ancient way, together with wild yeasts and without filtration. Blend of three little-known indigenous varieties. Unlike some “natural wines” I have tasted, this one is very clean with yellow-fruit flavours that are hard to pin down but are, nonetheless, pleasant and persist, along with lightly bitter notes through the finish. Not for everyone, but worth a try.
Potent and powdery lined, this is a dusky, rustic blend of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Syrah from Setúbal. Sweet and ripe with black plum, blackberry, black cherry and potent cassis, framed with gritty/grippy cocoa tannins and hugging a solid core of black fruit. Best taken with an equally simple and rustic plate, like sausages or lamb casserole.
Definition of value? At less than a tenner on private liquor shop shelves, this one shows, again, the value in Portuguese wines. From the Setúbal Peninsula, it’s a regional blend of Castelão, Trincadeira and Aragonez, exuberantly rustic, with gutsy black plum, leathery blackcurrant and gritty/tuggy tannins to the spicy finish. This is not some sweet, dumbed-down marketing wine, but rather an authentically rustic and honest, simple, gutsy red for casseroles or stews. Stock up.