Another great example of the quality red being produced by Portugal that’s very easy on the pocket as well as the pallet. Tastes far more expensive than it is.
Pinhal da Torre, are based in the Ribatejo, exploiting a mixture of the indigenous varieties Touriga Nacional, Trincadeira, Tinta Roriz along with international ones such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah to produce Nova Safra (their entry level wine) and the Quinta do Alqueve range – a single estate in a prime part of the Ribatejo region. All winemaking is traditional mixed with modern technology. They manipulate 60 hectares of their own vineyards with a rigorous attention to detail. Everything is hand picked, the wines are 50% foot trodden in stone lagares and the wines undergo a year’s ageing in French and American oak barrel – the better the wine the more new oak being used. This is a serious estate that produces some very serious wines.
Ripe and plummy with other ripe fruit aromas such as damson and blackcurrant with a lovely smoky spice to it too. Velvety and rich on the palate but not too overpowering. This has structure and concentration that belies it’s rather modest price tag. If you love Malbec then give this a try.
It’s got to be steak – a nice juicy rib-eye from your local butcher of farm shop.