I was browsing on Majestic’s new and improved website and stumbled across this inky character. Portuguese – tick (we never seem to buy wine from Portugal); indigenous grapes – tick; a great price – tick and a funky label – hell, yes! This makes a great mid-week, winter treat – it’s quite a dark wine, think blueberries and damsons with a smudge of red fruit – strawberries, maybe. It’s not massively full bodied though and also quite perfumed, definitely a hint of violets there. Food wise – and I may be generalising here – Portuguese reds can be quite chunky and full, so think about serving them with big, wintery food or at a barbeque. Hold back on the spice as it will only compete with the tannins.
This wine is a blend of three native grapes. Tinta Roriz is the Portuguese name for Tempranillo (the dominant grape of Spain’s Rioja). Castelão is one of the most widely planted red grapes in Portugal – it’s quite rustic, so provides the wine with backbone. Touriga Nacional is also quite tannic and often touted as Portugal’s Cabernet Sauvignon or Shiraz.
The Lisboa region – as the name suggests – is a long, thin wine production area around Portugal’s capital and is sandwiched between sea and hills. The grapes in this wine come from the sub-region Alenquer which is relatively sheltered from coastal winds and is warmer: it’s capable of producing very good red wines for which I will be on the lookout!
Do let me know if there are any Portuguese wine you love, I am looking forward to learning more…
At a glance:
- Style? Medium to full bodied red wine
- Where is it from? Lisboa region, Portugal
- What’s the grape? Tinta Roriz, Castelão, Touriga Nacional
- Tastes of? Blueberries, damsons and a lick of vanilla and violets
- What food would complement it? Something hearty – we had it with Buckwheat with Aubergines & Sundried Tomatoes. The oil worked well with the tannins