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Fontanário de Pegões Palmela Reserva 2006

Estremadura, Portugal

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Very dark, inky colour, with a plush bouquet of chocolate-dipped black fruits, mocha and toffee. The velveteen palate is luxurious, boasting sweet, silty tannins and intense flavours of liquorice, baked plum, dried fruits and vanilla pod. Delicious!

Decant for an hour and enjoy with a cheese plate or rich casserole.

This wine is an aged (a year in wood and two in bottle) blend of Castelão Francês (Periquita), Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. Pegões, established in 1958, is a modern cooperative whose wines are made from grapes grown between two nature reserves. The climate is Mediterranean and the local sandy Pliocenico soil overlays an ancient Jurassic seabed, which keeps the vineyards well drained and the vines happy. UK wine writer Jamie Goode has described Pegões as “Portugal's best co-op.”

Palmela is a mostly-red wine appellation located on Portugal's Setubal Peninsula, just across the Tagus (Tejo) estuary from Lisbon. There are two distinct subregions within the DO: hilly Serra de Arrabida and the sandy coastal plains. The most important variety is Castelão Francês (Periquita), which is used for rosé and sparkling, as well as red. Within the boundaries of Palmela are a 100 kilometres squared natural reserve, Parque Natural da Arrabida.

Alcohol: 13.5%
Style: Rich, complex, smooth
Closure: Cork
Drink by: 2016

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