In a nutshell: A rich and fruity Portuguese red blend from the warm and arid inland Alentejo region.
The lowdown: The little known Alentejo region, in the hot, dry inland region south of Lisbon, is a source of super value generously fruity wines and this eye catching, easy drinking red blend has long been a favourite of ours. This is a modern fresh tasting blend of tradtional varieties such as Touriga Nacional and Aragonez with a bit of Syrah which is making inroads in the region. It's got a lovely touch of ripe brambles on the nose and a basketful of rich, soft red fruit flavours and a touch of dried fruit and peppery spice. The finish is nicely judged with subtle tannins seeing it all out.
When to drink: A flavour packed glugger if ever there was one; it's also great with pasta, lamb, or poultry dishes.
Located in the Rendondo sub region of Alentejo, east of Evora. Alexandre Relvas Jr runs this typically sprawling Alentejano estate, originally established by his father in 1997.
In this warm and dry part of south central Portugal the range of varieties and wines can border on the bewildering, but there is a core of excellent winemaking here, assisted by renowned consultant Luis Duarte.
Out of a total of 175 hectares vines are planted on 35 hectares with nearly 100 hectares of cork oak. On the remainder of the land they breed local Mirandela donkeys and Garrano horses which, in pre-mechanised times, were common in the Alentejo.