Portugal has some of the world’s most exciting and
most individual wines.
To those of you who have yet to discover the delights of
these wines, give
them a try.
Bacalhoa - Sebutal
Founded in 1022, Bacalhoa is one of the
foremost wine producers in Portugal with over
500 hectares of vineyards. Moscatel d Sebutal
is one of Europe's most
renowned Pudding wines with glorious apricot and raisin flavours.
Moscatel d Sebutal
Quinta dos Roques-Dao
One of Portugal’s greatest wine estates: their Quinta do Correio wines
winners in their own right.
Quinta do Correio Tinto
Dirk Niepoort - Douro/Dao
A stunning range of wines from the legendary Dirk Niepoort. The
breath-taking Redoma rosé is
made from the barrel-fermented free-run juice from Niepoort’s finest port
lagares. Don’t miss
the stunningly approachable but still dark and rich ‘Drink Me’ Douro and
its almost Burgundian
white counterpart. Dirk’s unoaked Dao Rotulo, brimming with sumptuous
dark cherry fruit
has an astonishing purity on the nose.
Drink Me Douro Tinto
Bin No. PG16
Dao Rotulo Quinta de Baixo
Drink Me Douro
Bin No. PG76
Bin No. PG81
Quinta de la Rosa - Douro
The Bergqvist family own the
glorious Quinta de la Rosa estate, just outside Pinhao. Famous for their ports,
they have also
developed a range of wines that I think offer an excellent example of Douro
wines at their best. The douRosa range are stunning:
the douRosa rosé is made from the free-run juice from the port grapes and is the
most swerious rosé on our list and can be drunk
throughout the year. The DouRosa white is only available in tiny quantities and
is an intriguing wine with almost Burgundian
acidity made from grapes (you’ll never have heard of the varieties!) that are
grown high up on the granite slopes at over 600 metres.
The douRosa red is an absolute barnstormer packed with damson fruit, definitely
a wine not to be missed. The La Rosa red is a complex
wine that has been aged in French oak barriques and is made from low yielding
‘A’ grade port grapes – Tinto Roriz, Touriga Nacional, and
Touriga Franca. La Rosa Reserva 2009 won just about every accolade going: first
place in Decanter, Gold medal at IWC etc etc.
This is an exceptional Rosa Reserva , a great testament to the winemaking
ability of Jorge Moreira and the leadership of the indefatigable Sophia
Bin No. PG21
Bin No. PG23
Bin No. PG22
Bin No. PG61
Bin No. PG91
Casa de Saima - Bairrada
Graca Meranda makes bench mark Bairrada, with
foot trodden Baga grapes that are then aged in 100 year old vats
Casa de Saima
Bin No. PG06
Quinta de Macedos
Quinta de Macedos has to be the Grange Hermitage of
Portugal: a vast, blockbuster that I simply couldn’t hold in
my mouth when I sampled it from the vat. Now it has developed into a great
structured red and is winning many accolades. One to watch!
Pinga do Torto
Bin No. PG05
Quinta de Macedos
Bin No. PG15
Quinta do Soalheiro
One of the
greatest producers of Alvarinho (Albarino) making a wine with stunning intensity
of tropical fruit and balancing minerality.
Their stunning Vinho Verde is a blend of Alvarinho and Loureiro – completely
beguiling with fabulous greengage and lemon fruit flavours!
Bin No. PG66
Bin No. PG67