With many characteristics of the granite-soil based Dão, this is a dense, mineral and dark fruited wine. It has blackberry and plum-skin fruits as well as a firm, tannic core. Even though it's tightly structured now, it is drinkable, but would benefit from another year's aging.
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.