This is a ripe, perfumed wine, with flavors from 20 months in new oak of mint and spice. It is full of balanced black-currant and red-plum fruits that are laced by delicious acidity. This serious blend of Syrah and Touriga Franca will age well, so drink from 2018. The de Mello family began satellite tracking vines, soils and weather by vineyard block in this harvest year.
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.