There’s something about Portuguese wines that get people excited and I for one can understand why.
Portugal is probably more famous for its Ports and as good as they are their table wines especially from the Douro region and their national grape variety Touriga Nacional, in particular, is finding its way onto my ‘to buy’ list more often than not.
Following on from my last post about the cheap and cheerful ‘Julia Florista’ another Portuguese bottle the ‘Coragem’ Touriga Nacional took me by surprise. Ok, not as cheap as the JF but for this quality, it is stunning value for money and a wine I can highly recommend.
Again produced by Vidigal wines (the company that also makes Porta 6 and the Julia Florista) this 100% Touriga Nacional with its dense dark fruit, oak, soft spice and restrained tannins certainly hits the spot when it comes to a wine with bags of flavour.
Deep garnet like colour in the glass, with aromas of dark berries and stewed plums. Perhaps needed a little time to really open up but when it did those flavours just danced on your tongue. Fruit dominant mixed with wood, spices, touch of vanilla, chocolate all combining to produce a wine with a few layers. There were tannins but balanced and the finish was pretty long and everyone who tried it gave it a big thumbs up.
So a big wine in every way even the bottle was heavy and chunky and just looked the part
Bought a few of these on a recent trip to Calais where they were selling them for £8.99, pretty good value I’d say.
We are off to Portugal in July so I will definitely look out for more Vidigal wines and by all accounts they are reasonably priced over there so happy days.
My rating 8/10 Corks
Bought in Calais for £8.99