With its proportion of barrel-aged Trincadeira, this special selection has some pretensions, which are generally fulfilled. There is a great juicy character, from stalky red fruits, acidity and dense tannins. The edge of bitterness is only just apparent, a flaw in an otherwise pleasant wine.
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.