The Douro Valley, a World Heritage Site, is located in the North of Portugal, and it’s dramatic, steep, rocky vineyards are at great altitude, bathed in sunshine all day. This results in a terrific wine, on a par with a Bordeaux or a Barolo. This particular Douro mixes the classic varieties of Touriga Frana, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz, producing a light but structured wine, with juicy red and black fruit flavours.
The producer, Duorum, is a joint venture by two of Portugal’s leading oenologists, (that’s wine scientists to you and me) with a mission to bring life to the age-old vineyards of the region. This particular wine has been blended especially for Tanner’s of Shrewsbury, an independent and family-owned company who have been importing quality wines since 1842.
It truly is fantastic, juicy, smooth and ripe, perfect for this time of year! And this is why it’s our wine of the month! Ask the team to give it a try before you buy a bottle or magnum of the stuff, but we’re sure you won’t be disappointed.
If you don’t want to take our word for it, here’s what some of the professionals said…
Fiona Beckett from Matching Food and Wine described it as “lighter and less extracted than many Douro Reds but certainly substantial enough to take on strongly flavoured foods.”
Anthony Rose of the Independent described it as “vivid and plummy” and The Cambridge Wine Blogger said it was “a vibrant ruby purple with aromas of dark fruit and oaky spice. Juicy, black cherry, elderberry ad blueberry fruit with mocha, vanilla and sweet spices.”
We hope you’ll pop in and give it a try, and let us know what you think!