In this episode, we taste yet another fantastic Portuguese red wine, I don’t think we have found a bad wine from Portugual in all the wines Portuguese wines we have reviewed so far.
This wine is so well balanced it is really difficult to distinguish one particular fruit or dominate the flavour.
Here is a exert from the vineyard’s website explaining the grape and process the wine undergoes –
Herdade dos Grous Tinto
Alicante Bouschet (30%)
Touriga Nacional (20%)
The hand-picked grapes are de-stemmed and then cooled down through thermal shock to 10°C.
After two days of cold maceration the wine ferments in small steel tanks.
The maturing takes place in new barrique barrels made from French oak.
Serving We recommend serving this wine with roast beef, chicken curry or spaghetti bolognese.
Ideal serving temperature is 14 to 16°C.
Barrique Barrels in case you are wondering is the name given to a particular shape and capacity of barrel.
A Barrique Barrell has a 225 litre or 59-gallon capacity.
The size, as in many things, is important as the smaller the barrel the more contact the wine has with the wood or oak.
A barrique barrel being much smaller than a hogshead barrel for instance that has a capacity of 300 litres or 79 gallons.
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