Unwooded, based on Touriga Franca (50%), with Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Barroca. Fermented in stainless steel. This wine has textural maturity. It has fantastic typicity, unmasked by oak, but none of the 'tin can, going nowhere' constraint that steel can promote. No handcuffs on this.
Beautiful, slightly meaty cherry-choc fruit with ashy-spicy liquorice-and-earth underpinning. Nimble and relatively delicate, this speaks Douro plain and simple. Nicely clipped glycerine allows fruit and earth to talk loudest, with super-gentle but structurally effective tannin. The wine is harnessed beautifully and gathers to release with ease. Unwooded but mature, with no callow gassy joven edges, it has a good whack of flavour and great composure. Glinting mineral and tar, with nice juice relief, it's fun, typical, and delicious.