White's Wine - PortugalBy Stuart White
March 12, 2009
Portugal will always be predominantly best known for port, but its robust reds are also well worth a look.
And here’s your chance to save a few precious pounds as Majestic have 20 per cent off all Portuguese wine until Monday, March 30.
The Douro Valley is home to the nation’s favourite drink, and many of the best estates who make full-bodied, fruity reds with, you guessed it, port-like flavours are based here.
I enjoyed the lively Churchill Estates 2006 Douro (£7.19, with discount). It is rich but without that heavy feeling and displays tasty plum and black cherry flavours and a soft finish.
The deep-coloured Tuella Douro Tinto 2006 (£5.59) is another cracking example from this northern region on the Spanish border and comparable to the ever-popular Australian Shiraz.
Up-and-coming – hotly-tipped to make it big – winemaker Jaime Quendera’s Marco do Pegões 2006 Terras do Sado Tinto (£4.79) is great value – ripe fruits, rich with a hint of spice. A real Sunday afternoon red.
And the Tinto da Ânfora 2006 (£5.19), from the more southerly and warmer Alentejo region, is also delicious. Made from a mixture of local grapes with a dash of Cabernet Sauvignon, it is spicy and intense but with fine balance.
Visit Majestic on Caversham Roadm call (0118) 950 3116 or visit www.majestic.co.uk to order – minimum of 12 bottles.