2 bottles each of the following.
Vila Nova Vinho Verde – Floral, citrus and gentle tropical aromas lead on to a palate which is deliciously off-dry with flavours of ripe melon and sherbet lemon acidity. The finish is refreshing with a classic spritz.
Grous White, Herdade dos Grous – A blend of traditional Portuguese varieties: 50% Antão Vaz, 30% Arinto & 20% Gouveio. Produced using sustainable agricultural practices. Gold green in colour with intense freshness and tropical fruit flavours. The palate is rich in white and citrus fruit with a wonderfully balanced acidity.
Bairrada Reserva, Alianca – Aromas of ripe berry and plum. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh raspberry and black fruits, supple tannins, and well-balanced acidity.
Prats & Symington was founded in 1999 as a joint venture between the well known Bordeaux winemaker, Bruno Prats and the Symington family. It is an independent company specialising in dry red wines which has been at the forefront of the DOC Douro quality revolution and instrumental in driving forward the high quality image of the region.
The Prazo de Roriz is characterized particularly by red fruit flavours — raspberries and cherries and the Quinta de Roriz terroir provides a distinctive minerality and appealing peppery spice. The Quinta da Perdiz vineyard also provides grapes for the Prazo de Roriz. The wine is made for drinking young, but with the potential for developing in bottle for several years.
Produced from the Castelão and Trincadeira varieties typically found in the region, showing a fruit-forward, easy-drinking wine, with the sunshine and Atlantic breezes from Setúbal Peninsula giving it a lightly toasted pinch of seasoning.
On the nose, a mix of red berries with black plum, raspberries and camellias on the nose make it a very inviting wine. On the palate, we find a mix of fresh juicy red berries and a touch of freshly ground pepper that brings it alive (almost like a Bloody Mary cocktail)! Medium tannins, easy drinking with a smooth character and medium length refreshing finish.
Produced in Quinta de Santa Teresa, with grapes from the P67 parcel, this Monólogo is made from Avesso, the typical variety of Baião.
This wine shows a fresh aromatic profile, with notes of white flowers, thyme and a citric side to it, particularly passion fruit. On the palate smooth and silky notes of guava and pear, along with a well-adjusted acidity. It will age well in bottle.
A blend of traditional Portuguese varieties: 50% Antão Vaz, 30% Arinto & 20% Gouveio. Produced using sustainable agricultural practices.
Gold green in colour with intense freshness and tropical fruit flavours. The palate is rich in white and citrus fruit with a wonderfully balanced acidity.
Made from 100% Alicante Bouschet from the Antes and Boa Vista vineyards. The grapes are harvested as late possible to obtain the full richness of the fruit and tannins. The wine sees prolonged maceration on skins followed by 14 months maturation in barrel. The wine has intense notes of dark fruit and spice, which on the palate become plums and prunes, with smooth rich tannins providing a long rich finish with some good acidity.
This rich and complex wine emphasises the smoky notes and dark fruits that lead you in it as soon as you open the bottle. The moderate acidity and well inegrated tannins shows a freshness that belies its age with real elegance.Caves Sao Joao
Whilst Loureiro is one of the main, and best, grapes used to make Vinho Verde it hasn't achieved quite the fame that Alvarinho has yet but it well worth trying. Alongside bright grapefruit notes, with hints of white blossom, there's a minerality that adds a richness and lovely weight on the palate. Very clean, fresh and moreish.
Encruzado is one to the best and most distinct of the Portuguese white grape varieties. This wine, after 4 months aging in usted barrels on yeast lees has a citrus and white peach aroma, with refreshing minerality on the palate, so characteristic of the variety.
Rola Douro White Reserva showcases the unique character of the different areas of the Douro region. The grapes for this wine are grown in one plot, where Ana found a pre-existing mix of roughly 40 year old vines, mainly Viosinho and Rabigato, that express the freshness of the Douro.
Rola Reserva White is an elegant white wine in the nose, with touches of apricot and white flowers with the complexity of well balanced oak due to it spending 6 months in second use French barrels. In the mouth this wine reveals freshness and minerality with a beautiful acidity that gives a long finish on the palate.
One of my favourite white discoveries of last year; crisp, fresh and elegant with classic varietal character and a mouthwatering finish. - Chris Connolly
Made from a blend of Loureiro 50%, Avesso 15% and Arinto 35%. Floral, citrus and gentle tropical aromas lead on to a palate which is deliciously off-dry with flavours of ripe melon and sherbet lemon acidity. The finish is refreshing with a classic spritz.Casa de Vila Nova
35% Trincadeira, 35% Tinta Caiada, 10%Aragonez, 10% Alicante Bouschet 10% Petit Verdot.
Based on the traditional red grape varieties of the Alto Alentejo plus a guest variety such as Petit Verdot.
Made from selected old vine grapes grown at the higher altitudes of the Alto Alentejo. Small tank fermentation with prolonged maceration resulted in wines, from the above varieties, being selected by their potential for 22 months barrel aging resulting in a rich and complex wine typical of the this special region of Portugal.
Dense red with dark center, ripe soft red fruit, violets with tarry/spicy notes. Layers of ripe fruit, good acidity and structure. Great volume with integrated oak followed by a soft, prolonged finish.
Made from Touriga Nacional sourced from three vineyards in the Alto Alentejo. After a careful vinification at cool temperatures to protect the distinctive varietal character the wine was aged with French oak for 6 months. full bodied with fine grained soft tannins. Long and savory finish.
30% Syrah, 30% Alicante Bouchet, 24% Petit Verdot, Afrocheiro 14% and Touriga Nacional 3%.
Made from selected old vine grapes grown at the higher altitudes of the Alto Alentejo. Small tank fermentation with prolonged maceration resulted in wines from the above varieties being selected for their quality for 22 months barrel aging resulting in a rich and complex wine typical of the this special region of Portugal.
Aroma. Ripe soft red fruit, violets with tarry/spicy notes. Palate Layers of ripe fruit, good acidity and structure. Great volume with integrated oak followed by a soft, prolonged finish.
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz
This classic blend is from winemaker Ana Rola, who aims to make true and honest wines with little intervention to ensure the grapes shine through.
Delicate aromas of dark fruit with subtle floral tones. The palate is elegant yet full, with satisfying tannins balanced by refreshing acidity.
A blend of three grape varieties (Tourigo Franca, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca) and aged in French oak for 3 months. A Dark densely coloured wine, with jammy and cinnamon aromas. Full bodied with ripe tannins and a long finish.
Simple and involving, this wine is an expression of our gratitude to the land. The Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet varieties amuse themselves, cherished by the richness of the soils of Beja and the heat of Alentejo.
Wine of intense ruby colour, aroma of well ripened red fruits, vanilla, good acidity and soft tannins.
A wine drinkers wine with a big character. It has a very strong ruby colour, due to the red flesh of this grape, with a deep smell of spices, red berries, chocolate and slightly smoky.
In the mouth it has various sensations and flavours with red fruit being the dominant taste. The well structured tannins and its complexity are a result of careful ageing in oak barrels which also assists in its long finish.Casa Santos Lima
It presents an intense ruby colour with a red fruit and black tea flavour along with soft tannins and a balanced acidity.
- Filipe Sevinate Pinto & Susana Correia, winemakers