Vega Douro, DFJ Vinhos, Portugal 2013

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Vega Douro, DFJ Vinhos, Portugal 2013

9.95

Having tasted it, I looked at the label quizzically. "It's delicious... it's smartly packaged... the alcohol content is pleasingly restrained... it was aged in high quality oak and it has had the mellowing effects of four years in bottle... so, what's the catch?" I asked the importer. Without missing a beat, he replied "It's Portuguese.".

And he's right. Portuguese wines are a hard sell. For reasons that should be discussed in a Master of Wine's final exam paper and not in a short tasting note, the perception of Portuguese wines among UK consumers is consistently low. That's the bad news. The good news, for the sort of open-minded wine lover prepared to read this far into a rambling tasting note, is that undervalued wines like this get tarred with the same brush, or, more accurately, priced with the same label gun. It's a proper little gem, a blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional.aged, as already mentioned, for 3 months in new French Allier oak barriques. If this website's formatting tool would allow me to underline, which it doesn't, I would have underlined the word new. It's a reassuringly deep, inky colour and the flavours are of ripe and tangy black berries cooled with a dollop of double cream. What it lacks in complexity, it makes up for in sheer tastiness. We have to kiss a lot of frogs to find wines like this, so the kindest thing you can do is to order some and honour our sacrifice. 13.5% alc. Closed with natural cork. Drink now-2020.

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