There are few Syrahs in Portugal—some in the Alentejo—but this comes from the coastal region of Bairrada. It shows all the rich, violet and black plum juice varietal character, very juicy. There is spice from wood, but this and the soft tannins meld easily into the rich fruit.
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.