The local, high quality Alfrocheiro has produced a dark, brooding wine that has enormous potential. It has the beginnings of jammy fruit, ripe and juicy with blackberries. The structure is what gives it longevity, with a dense series of tannins that will need to soften. Great acidity at the end adds to the complexity. Drink from 2018.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.