Buying this wine was quite lucky, I was just in Vintage Cellars for a look and came across this. It was trying the new varieties that really had me hooked; Castelao, Camarate, Tinta Miuda and the slightly more familiar Touriga Nacional. I pretended to browse the rest of the store while looking up the grapes – there wasnt much, this made the bottle even more of a must have, especially for $10! Vinho Regional Lisboa is the equivalent of French Vin de Pays, it was grown along the coast in Limestone soil.
Wow. For a cheap bottle of wine, wow. The bright purple in the glass drew me in from the first pour. It had a smopth vanilla and black cherry aroma, certainly none of dried fruit my last Portuguese wine had, I still think it would have been better if it was made into port.
The first sip yielded perfect balanced tannin; ripe, soft but with enough presence to be felt. It was medium dry, there was a slight sweetness, but definitely no more than would be found in some Australian Cab Sauvs. The second and further sips showed a complexity that is very rarely present in a $10 bottle of red.
This will definitely be one I’ll be purchasing again. I hope one day I’ll be able to try the varieties seperately, I may have to start searching!