Portugal & Port
Portugal & Port

Portugal & Port

In with the old; in with the new!

In with the old; in with the new!

It is ironic that this land known for its pioneering explorers is today still a new discovery to so many. Lisbon and Oporto have become fashionable tourist destinations offering a wonderful blend of old and new. Once run-down areas are now host to smart new bars, chic hotels and restaurants in stylishly refurbished buildings alongside traditional cafés and bars you might easily (and sometimes should) miss. I love the fact that elderly ladies still chat between high balconies and hang their washing precariously with no care for the tourists below.

And so it is with Portugal’s wines. Many are pristine, some are still doggedly traditional, but what they all have in common is integrity, which means most are made from indigenous grapes which deliver unique and wonderful flavours and character.

2017 bodes well for the cooler coastal regions of Lisboa, Bairrada and the Vinho Verdes of the north. Early-drinking reds should be delicious too but for more serious reds seek out 2015s for their fruit, or 2010, 2011, 2012 for more complex developed flavours. And for a good example of old Portugal, try DFJ Vinhos’ 2006 red or Warre’s LBV Port 2000 – cracking mature wines at modest prices.

Summer 2017 was hot and dry and yet another potential Vintage Port year. In the end, 2015 was a mixed declaration (some classic vintage wines, some single quintas) and at the time of going to press we await news of 2016, though we know the wines are good once again. 1985 is a delicious vintage for drinking now, as are 2010 single quinta wines.

Joanna Locke MW
2018

Joanna Locke MW

Joanna Locke MW
Buyer for Portugal & Port

2018



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