Vivid and intense, with inviting aromas of blueberry and violet. The wash is rich, spicy and exotic, with attractively-chalky tannins and delicious flavours of blackberry liquor, allspice and bashed peppercorn. Juicy, structured and very good.
Decant for an hour and have with well-seared ribeye or stuffed Portobello mushroom burgers.
Winemaker Emídio Bacelar has crafted a judicious blend of four Port grapes: superstar variety Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca. The grapes are carefully selected, with subpar berries being discarded and left for the local boars. Grapes are trodden by bare human foot (perfect for the task!) in granite lagares (troughs), in the traditional fashion.
Quinta do Judeu, which dates from 1932 and is owned by the Alves de Carvalho family, takes its name from the Roman-Jewish statue that keeps watch from its roof. The quinta includes 3 estates (27 hectares in total), planted solely to Port grapes and with vines ranging from 5-85 years.
The starkly-beautiful Douro region in northern Portugal is famous for its fortified wine, Port, but in actual fact production here is evenly split between Port and table wines. The terraced, vertiginous slopes that characterise the region are composed of unforgiving schist and granite, a terroir that is ideal for the production of high-quality wine.