In the classic Portuguese tradition, this is a blend of four of the Alentejo's local grapes. Together they give big power and dark tannins. They also offer great black fruits, fresh acidity and a firm, very dry core. The wine needs to soften over the next several years, so drink from 2017.
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.