Tale of two reds

Tempus & Lisboa

A double review this time, two reds and a real contrast in styles, one a light Cabernet Sauvignon from south-east Australia and the other a heavier but silky Portuguese blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Syrah and Alicante Bouschet.

Tempus Two – Cabernet Sauvignon 2017

This surprised me, mainly because I didn’t expect it to be a light as it was. Initially very tart with its bright acidity and vibrant fruit flavours, typifying a modern approach made in stainless steel tanks only seeing a few days in oak. As I said, its full of dark fruits mainly plums and red cherries, has moderately soft tannins, a slight kick of spice and finishing with a jamminess which will appeal to a lot of people. My wife really enjoyed it and she is not a big red drinker, the thing I did find is that it got better the second even third day, softening out. For me, I like a little more depth of flavour but for what it is, the Tempus Two is a nicely made easy drinking red.

Lisboa – Behind Closed Doors 2016

Now this is a different beast altogether, a full bodied red Portuguese blend and utterly delicious. Very dark almost inky black in colour with aromas to die for, everything was there, smokey dark fruits, tobacco, chocolate, vanilla and spice. Taste wise continued in the same vein with a mouthful of blackcurrant and plums, vanillary spice and dark chocolate lingering and mixing with a lovely smokey finish. Surpringly, my wife, again, really enjoyed it and so did I, this time we didn’t leave any for the next day.

Tempus Two Cabernet Sauvignon – £7.99 at Waitrose

Lisboa (Behind Closed Doors) – £8.99 on Multi Buy at Majestic

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