Port is the most famous and copied wine from Portugal and it grows in the Douro Valley. The hills along the Douro River have been worked by hand into terraced stair steps since the time of Jesus. It’s so impressive that the region has been made a Unesco Heritage Site. There is archaeological evidence of winemaking dating from the 3rdC AD. Today, the same grape varietals that go into Port are used to make outstanding full-bodied, tannic, age-worthy red wines. The whites are crisp, minerally, subtly flinty and not really fruity – rather vinous and athletic with a touch of salinity and plenty of acidity – in short: food wines!
This red wine is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz and 30% Tinta Barocca, made in a modern style. Deep, purple-crimson colour, leading to an aroma of juicy, ripe black fruits – raspberry, plum and blueberry. Juicy, delicious, dry fruitiness fills the mouth, laced with supple tannins and bright acidity. The finish is elegant and harmonious. You can enjoy this now with stewed meat dishes or aged cheeses, but it will be best in 2020.