This blend includes Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tempranillo, and a little bit of the white grape, Malvasia Fina to lighten things up. Medium bodied and rich, with a bit of peppery red fruit and pleasant structure. Drink with a slight chill if the mood strikes.
Winemaker Mateus Nicolau de Almeida is a fifth generation winemaker from the Douro Valley.
The Douro Valley, with its labyrinth of terraced bends in the (Douro) river tucked away from the Atlantic winds, was historically known for port, but it produces equally remarkable and interesting dry table wine.
In fact, Mateus' grandfather Fernando was the first winemaker to popularize dry table wine (i.e. not port!) from the region after visiting Bordeaux in the 1940s, and went on to make the culty Barca Velha bottlings until the late 1990s.