From vineyards on the north bank of the Douro, this is a rounded, smooth wine that has layers of black fruits and finely integrated tannins. It is bold, ripe, full of blackberry fruitiness and a perfume from the Touriga Nacional in the blend. It is drinkable now, but will be better from the end of 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.