If you haven't tried Portuguese wines before, this impressively rich wine is a good place to start. Aging for three years, with 12 months in wood, gives it a smooth, ripe black-fruit character. The acidity and the fruit are a seamless part of the texture of the tannins. The wine is ready to drink.
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.