A classically austere Douro wine, firmly held in place by tight tannins and a sense of minerality. The wine, though, has plenty of powerful fruit under this structure. It needs time for those tannins to soften, and the juicy black and red berry fruits to show their stuff.
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.