The wine comes from the high plateau north of the Douro. A field blend, the wine was trodden by foot in open stone lagars. That technique gives the wine its full, rich and open character. In contrast, the tannins and the bold fruit are very ripe, perhaps too much so, with the hint of pepper on the tongue from the alcohol. The wine, though, is finished with plenty of acidity. 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.