1 x LUIS PATO VINHA PAN TINTO, 2017
The innovative and well regarded Portuguese winemaker Luis Pato is credited with almost single-handedly putting the Bairrada region on the wine map. While his portfolio has a broad range of still and sparkling wines, it is the quality of his reds that has garnered the most attention and respect.
Rich and full-bodied yet still fresh with taut tannins. Red fruits lead the way with red cherries and plums, raspberry and dried cranberry. Leather, spicy liquorice and coffee show with well-integrated oak ageing. Hints of dried rosemary and thyme finish it off for an overall earthy and rustic profile.
1 x HERDADE DA MALHADINHA NOVA "MONTE DA PECEGUINA", 2019
This family estate is based in the region Baixo Alentejo. Since 1998 they have transformed the long-abandoned land into fields that produce high-quality Alentejo wines. The younger generation of the Soares family have been involved in the naming and design of the labels for the wine.
Lively deep red, wild fruit aromas dominate. Complex flavours of pepper, liquorice and chocolate balance well with the acidity and fruit. Elegant, supple tannins.
1 x RAMOS PINTO, DUAS QUINTAS, 2018
From the port house Ramos Pinot this is a still wine produced from a blend of local varieties. After the purchase of Ramos Pinto by Louis Roederer in 1990, they set about producing this still wine which had been planned for many years. An excellent value wine, this wine has excellent dark berry fruit flavours. With ripe tannins and excellent balancing acidity.
1 x ANSELMO MENDES ' 3 RIOS ', 2021
While the Alvarinho grape is well known to Irish drinkers, both Loureiro (“Laurel-scented”) and Avesso are lesser known here but are considered as pillars of the Vinho Verde style. Although Vinho Verde translates as “young” or “green” wine, the name itself refers to a region that is lush and verdant, untypically Portuguese you might say. Anselmo Mendes is considered an elder statesman here.
Characteristic of wines from Vinho Verde, this has a crisp acidity and minerality as well as a light spritz-like effervescence. Tropical fruit aromas of mango, peach and orange mix with a strong floral presence. Zippy flavours of lemon zest, grapefruit and tangerine bounce on the palate complimenting a persistent finish.
1 x LUIS PATO VINHA FORMAL BRANCO, 2020
Pioneer, non-conformist, innovator, neo-traditionalist. All words that have been used to describe one Portugal’s most high profile and decorated winemakers, Luis Pato. Luis, and his father João before him, have been credited with almost single-handedly putting the Bairrada region on the wine map. With a broad range of styles in the portfolio, this Vinha Formal Branco is considered his premium white and is one of the reasons he is held in such high regard.
Pale lemon in colour with golden hues. Full bodied and well balanced by a zesty acidity. On the nose, subtle yet crisp citrus aromas of lemon, lime and grapefruit mixed with white flowers. On the palate there is a creamy texture with buttery, toasty flavours intertwined with some hazelnut, vanilla and apricot. All counterbalanced by flinty minerality on the finish.
1 x ESPORÃO RESERVA WHITE, 2020
The Reserva Branco was the first wine produced by David Baverstock and Sandra Alves. Since 1985 they have adopted sustainable and organic agricultural practices. A classic wine obtained from grapes grown at Herdade do Esporão, which showcases the consistency and rich character typical of the best Alentejo wines.
Grapefruit and white peach aromas with subtle toasty oak integration, fresh spicy and herbal notes. Creamy and elegant with balanced fruit and spices presence. Intense and persistent finish. Crystal clear, light straw colour with green hues. Six months in stainless steel tanks and in new American and French oak barrels, with ageing on fine lees.