From the rugged and beautifully wild region of North Portugal along the banks of the Douro river comes this Altano Organic red produced by the Symington Family Estates who own premier vineyards in the area and are well known for Port and Madeira with brands such as Dow’s, Cockburn’s and Graham’s as well as red Douro wine.
This particular red is made from a blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz, in my opinion this is very good value everyday Douro, probably better with food and probably needs decanting for a while before drinking.
Straight from the bottle it has a wonderfully aromatic nose of dark berries, violets and spice, along with tobacco and a whiff of smoke. After decanting what you end up with is a dry, brambly, medium bodied (lighter in style than I thought it would be) with some tar. liquorice and chocolate. It has fairly bright almost tart acidity which gives it some freshness, the fruit shines, tannins are noticeable and it finishes long.
As I said earlier this is very dry and it needs food to really enjoy it to its full but don’t get me wrong this is a very well made Portuguese red and I wouldn’t hesitate in buying it again but it does need some air before drinking so consider decanting.
Wines from the Douro I find are on the whole consistently good value and this is no different but don’t take my word for it, treat yourself to a bottle and let me know what you think.
Altano Douro Waitrose £10.99