You gotta love Portuguese wines for their pricing. This is a blend of Tempranillo, Mercia and the port grape Touriga Nacional. Grown at altitude, it also has attitude. Dense purple in colour, it has an earthy nose of blueberry, vanilla oak and pencil lead. It’s medium-bodied with sweet fruit that finishes dry on the palate. Well-balanced, it’s easy-drinking and easy on the pocketbook.
Tignanello delivers consistently fine quality. More forward than the 2008, the ‘09 shows harmoniously developed vinosity with elusive floral scents, gorgeously rounded fine red and dark fruit and firm tannic grip. Ageworthy, but can be drunk with pleasure now.
Shows aromatic intensity with typical Cabernet blackcurrant, leafy herbal and minty overtones and an uncharacteristic scent of blueberries. Dark fruit flavour suggests blackberries, though, with firm tannins, dark chocolate and a hint of mocha.
Expresses good depth of cherry-fruit on the nose with rich, concentrated dark bitter cherry flavour, a subtle trace of wood, a dash of vanilla and a splash of chocolate on the harmoniously integrated finish.
Dark ruby/purple. Black berries and soft spices are not very intense, but the purity is inviting. Full-bodied with lots of fruity taste, grainy tannins and warmth in the powerful but balanced mid-palate. At almost 6 years of age it is still young, so no rush to open it.
Clear medium-deep gold. Very fruity nose of papaya, pineapple and peaches. Medium-bodied, a bit austere and acidic from the indigenous Garganega grapes, a food wine: try it with seafood, especially calamari, or garlic shrimp. Drink up.
Made at Stratus, this small-batch Riesling is very pale in colour offering a minerally citrus and pear nose with a honeyed note; on the palate, light-bodied, off-dry, minerally, apple, pear and citrus flavours, beautifully balanced. Lovely mouthfeel with a lime and honey finish.