Tasting Notes for the Afternoon's Wines
At this event we showcased four delicious wines celebrating all things Portugal – well, in terms of wine, anyway! Here’s a handy reminder of the wines we all enjoyed; you can purchase them by following the links in the headings.
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We start with a belter from one of Tejo's finest producers, the multiple award winning Quinta da Lapa, an estate dating back to the 18th Century. This Alvarinho reflects the Tejo terroir, with layers of flinty minerality, jasmine & ripe pineapple aromas. Fresh on the palate with hints of green citrus and tropical fruit. Beautifully textured and balanced.
Herdade dos Grous is a top Alentejo producer with a custom state-of-the-art wine cellar and a strong dedication to sustainable agriculture. This fascinating blend is testament to everything they do so well, with intense peach and lime aromas matched by the complexity and vanilla from the oak and lees ageing and battônage. The palate is rich in fruit and minerals with a well-balanced acidity.
Pioneers in ‘amphora’ wines, Herdade do Rocim follow the ancient traditions of vinification in pots known as ‘Tahla’. With a manually cultivated vineyard and minimal intervention used in the cellar, the result is wines like this vibrant blend of native Portuguese grapes, delivering exuberant aromas of red berries complemented by subtle spicy and chocolate notes. Juicy, with silky tannins enveloping the fruit through to a long, delicious finish.
Founded in 1990, Cabriz is a leading winery in the iconic Dão region, making wines of unique character, fantastic value and excellent gastronomic potential, such as this special edition red blend. It's elegant and silky, with ripe red and black fruit notes. 12 months in oak – 50% new French oak barrel and 50% second use – lends wonderful balance, depth and complexity.