This Portuguese red wine is from the world renowned Duoro Valley, most famous for Port but now gaining an international reputation for dry red wines.
This wine is a blend of three of the Duoro’s most famous grapes, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (you may be more familiar with its Spanish name, Tempranillo), and Touriga Franca.
With Touriga Nacional dominating the blend, it has floral violet aromas and lots of black fruit flavours (blackcurrant, blueberry and plum), together with tobacco and chocolate.
This Grande Reserva wine had spent 18 months in French oak giving it a wonderful toasty smokiness.
With high acidity, fine grained tannins and all those fruit flavours, it still felt well balanced despite the 14% alcohol. Making for an excellent rich red wine.
This is a real foodie wine. With its richness and intense flavours, you want to pair it with equally rich and intense foods.
Steak, beef, and venison are a given, but with its balance and range of flavours I would add hearty stews (meat or veggie), roast lamb, pork & bean casseroles. Rich beetroot and mushroom dishes.
Portuguese Wine Tasting
I was introduced to this wine at a Wine Tasting run by Wines of Portugal in their Tasting Room in Lisbon. It was good fun and a great way to explore Portuguese wines. Read all about the tasting here….