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Aphros Vinhao Tinto 2017 (6x75cl)

The 2015 vintage was awarded 89 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Top Value (<£25) Portuguese Reds (see blue links below).

Aphros Vinhao Tinto 2015 - November 2017 Decanter review

Aphros Vinhao Vinhao Tinto is a  biodynamic wine.  It is made using the rare Vinhao grape which are grown in south-facing vineyards near the Lima River. 

Aphros Vinhao  Vinhao Tinto is very rich and dark in colour. It has flavours of brambles, cherries and dark forest fruits along with a prickle of spiciness. It is a versatile wine that is is equally good when chilled or served with rich stews and casseroles.

£93.60

Casa Ferreirinha Callabriga Douro Tinto 2015 (1x75cl)

The 2014 Vintage was Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their November 2017 edition review of Top Value (<£25) Portuguese Reds (see blue links below).

Ferreirinha Callabriga 2014 - November 2017 Decanter review

This historic producer, founded in 1751, was purchased by Sogrape in 1987. Today, they have 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions:  Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior.  The winemaking is headed up by the talented Luis Sottomayor, who manages to restrain the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Estevo and Papa Figos, allied to a wonderful depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Red and Quinta da Leda.

The grapes were picked from different sections of the Quinta da Leda estate as well as some neighbouring vineyards. Quinta da Leda's 76 hectares of vines were planted in collaboration with the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro de Vila Real, where a study was carried out on clonal research to select the best varieties in the Douro. The findings decided the varieties to be chosen and planted on this estate, using only the best clones of each variety for grafting.

2014 was characterised by atypical weather. It was a particularly rainy year, with a cool summer, though there were heat waves recorded at the start of summer and the beginning of autumn. January was exceptionally hot but August was cooler than average. The harvested grapes had very well-balanced levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds. The harvest took place at the start of September, and some rainfall was recorded in the middle of the month which made careful grape selection necessary.

The wine is made at the modern winery at Quinta da Leda. After full destemming, the grapes underwent gentle crushing before being transferred to stainless steel tanks and/or lagars (shallow, open troughs) where they underwent a long maceration to allow gentle extraction of colour, tannins and flavours from the skins. Once the fermentation was complete the wine was matured in used French and American oak (75% and 25% respectively) for between 12-18 months. The final blend is made with very careful selection after numerous tastings and analyses. The final wine is only slightly filtered before bottling.

Deep ruby in colour. The aroma is intense and very complex, with notes of black and red berries, pepper and pine needles along with attractive and well-integrated oak characters. On the palate, it has good body and acidity, high quality tannins, black fruit flavours and a hint of cocoa on the long and elegant finish.

£16.30

Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Douro Tinto 2016 (1x 75cl)

This producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, the house pays homage to her memory and was the first house in the region dedicated to making light wines. Purchased by Sogrape in 1987, it has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions: Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior. The winemaking is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a lovely depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda.

The selected grape varieties were sourced from the Quinta do Sairrão estate located at a high altitude in the Cima Corgo region. The mountainous vineyards here have schist soils with vines planted either in vertical rows or on traditional "patamares" (terraces). The selected plots are ideal for optimal maturation thanks to the hot days and cool evenings bringing out the fresh fruit character of the grapes.

The 2016 vintage had a generally dry, mild winter before continuous rain began at the end of winter and extended into spring, accompanied by periods of low temperatures. These factors contributed to disease pressure requiring work in the vineyard to combat mildew. Summer was mild with occasional heatwaves and generally cold nights. This long and balanced end to maturation helping to produce wines of superior quality.

Grapes selected for the Vinha Grande Tinto went through gentle crushing and destemming prior to temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks. Long skin contact during fermentation ensured optimal extraction, which was facilitated by pumping over and robotic plunging. Maturation took place for between 12 and 18 months in used French oak barrels. The blend was then selected based on both sensory and technical analyses. The wine was then lightly filtered before bottling. In addition, the wine did not undergo cold stabilisation, which may mean it will have natural sediment in the bottle.

This wine has a deep ruby colour and intense aromas of flowers, strawberry and raspberry fruit, a touch of black pepper and well-integrated oak. The voluminous palate has well-integrated acidity, velvety tannins, a delicate minerality and notes of red berries. The finish is elegant and long.

£12.80

CH by Chocapalha 2013 (1x 75cl)

It all started in 1987 for Quinta da Chocapalha when Alice and Paulo Tavares da Silva were looking for a property that would become their family project and where they could make great quality wine. At Quinta da Chocapalha, every member of the family is part of creating the spirit of this project. Chocapalha wines reflect the family’s passion and commitment, the property’s terroir, as well as painstaking attention to detail in their agricultural work and winemaking options. Their wines have great elegance and ageing potential.

To see the winemakers tasting notes for this wine please click on the blue link below.

CH by Chocapalha 2013 - fiche technique

£29.70

Mar Da Palha Vinho Tinto 2011 (1x75cl)

A fabulous blend of the Syrah and the indigenous Touriga Nacional varietal.  The Syrah providing weight, power and intensity of dark fruit and the Touriga Nacional providing elegance and finesse to the blend.

£13.35

Quinta Da Plansel Plansel Selecta Reserva 2015 (1x75cl)

This wine has an intense garnet colour and aromas of sweet fruits and floral notes with a hint of dark chocolate.  The flavour is influenced by crystallized fruits.  The wine is full bodied, dense and has a complex structure with some elegance. The flavours linger for a long time on the palate.

This wine is harvested by hand and is fermented in stainless steel vats for 14 days before being aged in French Oak barrels for 12 months.  This wine will continue to improve for at least 5 years after vintage.

£14.60

Quinta Do Crasto Crasto Douro Superior 2015 (1x75cl)

The colour of this wine is deep purple. It is intense and deep on the nose, with fresh notes of wild berry fruit, elegant aromas of violets and delicate hints of cocoa. The palate has a balanced beginning, leading to a wine with great volume and a tight-knit structure consisting  of round and silky tannins. Everything is in perfect harmony with fresh retronasal aromas of berry fruit. The wine has a balanced and lingering finish.

£15.80

Quinta Do Crasto Douro Red 2016 (1x75cl)

The vineyards here are planted on terraces with rows of vines planted up and down the slope on shist soil. The aspect is south-east facing and the age of the vines is 20+ years.

The grapes, chosen from selected plots, were taken to the winery in 22 kg plastic boxes. On arrival in the winery they were rigorously inspected on a sorting table. The grapes were then destemmed and crushed and transferred into stainless steel tanks where they fermented. The alcoholic fermentation took place in temperaturecontrolled stainless steel tanks for 5 to 7 days. The wine was matured 95% in stainless steel vats and 5% in oak barrels.

Dark ruby in colour. The aromas are really expressive, with notes of fresh red fruit and violets. Seductive on the palate, with flavours of ripe berries and spices, complimented by the well-integrated tannins.

£12.50

Quinta Do Crasto Douro Reserva 2015 (1x75cl)

Made from grapes coming from old vines at Quinta do Crasto averaging around 70 years of age, Quinta do Crasto Reserva Old Vines is an authentic blend of the best that the Douro has to offer. It has built a solid national and international reputation.

 

This wine is aged 85% in French oak barrels and 15% in American oak barrels for about 16 months. The colour is deep ruby. It is very expressive on the nose, showing fresh notes of mint and berry fruit as well as delicate spicy hints. The flavours which are stylish and fresh develop into to a serious and engaging wine. Full and textured on the palate, with fresh berry fruit flavours and silky tannins. It has a balanced and lingering finish.

 

It is ideal to accompany hearty meat and game dishes. Since it is bottled unfiltered, some sediment may form during bottle ageing.

£21.35

Quinta Do Crasto Vinha Maria Teresa 2013 (1x 75cl)

This very special wine is only made in outstanding vintages and incorporates several different grape varieties in the final blend. The wine has an intense, vibrant violet colour which leads to a deep, complex nose full of wild forest flowers, white pepper and soft dark chocolate aromas. It is a full bodied, richly flavoured wine with superb tannins, refreshing acidity and concentrated fruit. 

£98.40
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