It is wine of the Week time again!
This week I’ve picked out a wonderfully modern red from Portugal. A cracking blend of indigenous Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional and a splash of spicy Syrah.
This is the first Portuguese wine we’ve actively promoted in a long while. The reason for this is simple: we were blown away by it. It is produced from a propriety (Deer’s Valley) in the family for three generations, and winemaking is overseen by the exceptional Rui Reguinga. Rui belongs to a new generation of winemakers in Portugal: a group that produce thoroughly modern wines that sacrifice none of their provenance.
The wine itself is crafted from grapes grown in the Ribatejo region in central Portugal, bisected by the river Tejo, which maintains a link with Madrid. This trade route has meant that the region is always pretty wealthy, with a thriving market for its wines. It is also a large region where only the top-end can really be trusted. But this wine is a glimpse of the future – wonderfully fresh and engaging.
It’s a welcome relief to see wine like this starting to emerge from Portugal with more regularity. In recent years all too often they disappoint with their traditional, rustic flavour profiles. All dried fruit and oak, lacking vibrancy of fruit. The nose on Quinta de Vale Veadosshows great aromatic complexity with ripe, spicy fruit character and is soft, round and well balanced on the palate. Slow cooked lamb shanks are a great food pairing for this bright engaging red. Drinking really well now and through to the end of 2018.
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