South Africans have been doing that for years, with some interesting results and the cheekyness that was once called the harbor, so the Portuguese feathers are rippling in the process.
Here in Portugal, there are quite a few experiments making such wines in different parts of the country. This is from a Julian Reynolds winery near Estremoche in Allentejo and is the best example I have ever tried.In fact, even a high price tag around € 42 (I put it Apollonia), It represents a good value for money.
Under Portuguese law, such wines should be labeled as “vinho licoroso” (meaning liquor), which can be misleading to consumers who are expecting liquor. This is essentially a “harbor” made in Allentejo.
The main difference here is the grape variety Alicante Bouschet. The grapes were introduced to Portugal in 1890 by the producer’s great-grandfather Robert Reynolds, and the wine was made as a homage to him.
The red flesh and dark skin of the Alicante Bouschet grapes give this wine the intense dark color of a vintage port. It was made from the 2008 vintage and spent many years in oak before jar aging and release. This is really special, with exotic notes of spices and dark berry fruit on the nose, reminiscent of a good old tan port, but the texture and body in the mouth is a more vintage port style. It has become. However, there is something very fresh that puts this wine in its own category. When it comes to food pairing, it’s at home with a good cheeseboard and is also a heavenly marriage for a rich dark chocolate dessert. Please cool it a little at about 12 ° C and enjoy.
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