This traditionally hard-to-ripen Bordeaux grape thrives in the hot Alentejo climate. Here it has produced a dark colored, very dense and superripe wine, full of juicy berry and black plum tones. While perhaps one dimensional, it certainly packs a solid punch. Drink after 2016.
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.