Paired with a similarly powerful Touriga Nacional-based wine, this has some elegance as well as all that richness. It is dark, dense and concentrated, but the fruit shows fine, dusty tannins, firm dry berries and freshness. It has a wild herbal character, which adds further complexity.
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.