What sets aside Portugal from all other wine producing regions is a vast array of exciting indigenous grape varieties that are planted nowhere else in the world. The country is still fighting to gain an international reputation for quality wine production and not just Port wine, and it is through the determination and talent of an increasing number of skilled winemakers that this is finally starting to happen. Originally best loved in the UK for selling us vast quantities of Mateus Rose, the country has since come an incredibly long way in building their reputation as serious wine producers. The diverse climates from the cooler North to the baking Algarve South result in a whole host of varied wine styles that merit further investigation.
The blend consists of 95% Tempranillo from 40-year-old vines in Las Cuevas, El Palo and Las Monjas in Rodezno, complemented with 5% Graciano from the Montecillo estate in Fuenmayor. The Graciano gives the wine an aromatic intensity and acidity, to carry the structure and elegance of the Tempranillo. The grapes are vinified separately in four-and-a-half-year-old American oak for three years, and...more
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This is a powerhouse, simply put. With the extra year in the bottle, though, it is also displaying its beautiful fruit, crisp, silky texture and lingering finish. The oak is a bit prominent, but it is already being pulled in. This shows fine potential now, well on its way to absorbing the tannins and oak. It seems like a different...more
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