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A medium-bodied blend of local grape varieties from the warm south of Portugal, this is a versatile brambly red to complement simple, everyday dishes.
Product Code: QVG-PW7751
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In the 20th century, after the widespread destruction caused by phylloxera and other vine plagues, it was the co-operatives that revitalised Portugal’s wine industry. In this spirit, Adega Co-op Redondo was founded by 14 winemakers in 1956. Today, the co-op is one of Alentejo’s largest producers – at around 200 growers strong – and it cultivates roughly 98% of the sub-region Redondo. Here, the vineyards have a continental climate with Mediterranean influences: it can be too hot in the summer, with very low rainfall, which sometimes leads to drought. The poor, granitic soils are excellent for vine growth, encouraging roots to dig several metres into the earth for nourishment. Alentejo – a region responsible for a huge amount of Portugal's cork production – is a beautiful region, with stunning plains and hills and hospitable, hard-working people. The local delicacies – charcuterie, lamb stew and gazpacho, in particular – are the perfect accompaniment to the region’s modest red and white wines. Vines have been planted here since the Roman times, however it wasn’t until the 1980s that the region’s potential really flourished. During this period, Adega Co-op Redondo invested hundreds of thousands of euros into harvest, production, storage and winemaking, and it now has excellent modern facilities. Redondo is conscious that the rapid growth of Alentejo has led to some overall dips in quality, and has strived to showcase all the region truly has to offer, from good, honest, everyday wines to more premium varieties. Its biggest importer is Brazil, but the team has worked hard to reach more of an old world audience in a bid to raise the profile of Portuguese wine production in Europe.
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card. Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced. Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties. Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
"Nice uncomplicated wine showing typical character of the region at a good value price "
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"Another bargain basement wine from TWS. Not bad with low fruit content with oaky flavour. Probably priced about right."
Mr Richard Hadfield (03-Dec-2018)
"A light wine, slightly fruity and generally reflecting the low price "
Mr Bernard Feeney (19-Oct-2018)
"We had this with pizza and it worked a charm. Very un-protentious. On the lighter end of medium bodied. Not complex but it sure didn't take us long to finish the bottle, I would order again as an easy to drink everyday red and for the price......no complaints. "
Mr Fraser Langton (17-Sep-2018)
"A smooth, fruity, very enjoyable and good value cheap red - either quaffed immediately after opening, or decanted to bring out some raisiny notes. "
Mr Philip Kirkley (15-Sep-2018)
"Good value, but not stand out. "
Ms Clare Turner (25-May-2018)
"An absolute diamond for everyday drinking. Don't be put off by the low price, this punches well above it's weight."
Mr Sean Kearon (16-May-2018)
"Very light on the fruit; woody, with a hint of cloves and nutmeg spice. Has a medicinal quality - a slight numbingness on the tongue. Not especially complex but rather more interesting than I was expecting for this price - perhaps because of the mix of Portugese grapes with which I'm not familiar.
I liked it a good deal and would buy again, but the hint of bitterness to it means it's unlikely to be a crowd-pleaser."
Mr Patrick Vickers (26-Mar-2018)
"Cherry and vanilla. OK, but a little harsh. Hopefully will improve with age."
Mr Peter Nelson (22-Jan-2018)
"Bought this in a bag in Madeira Xmas 2017. Very drinkable, but careful next morning ....
Cant say what I paid but was not expensive!"
Dr John P Chadwick (25-Dec-2017)
"Average but not too bad for money"
Mr Paul Darwin (23-Jun-2017)
"A very drinkable red."
Ms Vicki Worsley (13-Jun-2017)
"Colour: Dark and inky with a purple rim.
Aroma: The nose is dominated by red and black fruits but there is also just a hint of smoke and spice.
Taste: Light-medium bodied, good acidity but little tannin. Mild black fruit and liquorice flavours with a nice bitter but disappointingly short finish.
Overall: Lacks body and flavour, almost seems diluted. For the price this is a decent everyday wine but overall disappointing. Would not buy this again and can’t recommend."
Mr Gabriel Higgins (25-Mar-2017)
"Slightly disappointed with this, as a lover of Portuguese wine. Fruity but dry, it's not bad for table wine but I won't be spending the same amount on it again... I've had better £4 bottles from supermarkets."
Mr Graeme Parnell (19-Mar-2017)
"Not much going on here. Nose and palate very one dimensional, red fruits, not much body and the finish is rather short. It is not horrible and is serviceable as every day wine but i wouldn't buy again."
Mr Rafael Goncalves (13-Mar-2017)
"Would be good even if if it cost £1.50 more than it does. A repeat purchase, easy-drinking Portuguese wine with a fruity and well-balanced character. Go forth and consume!"
Mr Dan Cook (06-Oct-2016)
"The new vintage yet again delivers everything it needs to for the price. A wine champion in my tasting notes!"
Mr Tomas Bexton (23-Aug-2016)
"A simply brilliant wine for the money, it's been my staple since The Society have stocked it!"
Mr Tomas Bexton (09-Feb-2016)
"I spend part of each year in Portugal and enjoy this wine for everyday drinking. At this price it is good value - although in Portugal it´s much cheaper!"
Mr N E Rimmell (04-Jan-2016)
"Quite fruity and not as overpowering as most Portugese wines. It's not a medal winner but what do you expect at this price? If you want stunning value in this price and alcohol level range head for the Baccolo if you fancy something cheap and unpretentious have a go at this and place your expectations at the right level."
Mr Jon Milton (27-Nov-2014)
"This is really very ordinary, a basic carafe wine. I'm not quite sure how anyone could call it a champion even at the price."
Mr Graham Edwards (09-Jul-2013)
"Pretty average but it is under a fiver. Watery yet peppery. Probably better in spring / summer than a cold winter's night."
Mr Nick Jankel-Elliott (22-Mar-2013)
"This is a good, honest, value for money wine, a big mouthful, slightly bitter finish, might benefit from a bit longer in bottle, but even now drinks well for example with a hearty lamb stew."
"I was a little disappointed with this wine. I found it a little 'hard' and only suitable for drinking with food. Maybe it will improve with age or perhaps it is just not to my taste. I would rather pay a little more for a Madiran/Malbec which are of a similar style.
Dr Richard Cranage (03-Oct-2012)
"I always keep a few bottles of this in the rack. It's very pleasant everyday wine. Not too heavy by Portuguese wine standards either."
Mr Mark Owens (01-Oct-2012)
"Great value for money, pleasant and easy going wine with or without food."
Mr Donald D McNeill (30-Sep-2012)
"This is a very pleasant wine at the price.
Typical of Portugal, enjoy !"
Mr John Wells (27-Sep-2012)
"Excellent value for a Portuguese red that is more in the traditional style compared to many recent offerings from that country that are now found in supermarkets (more's the pity). At 13% it is still at the top-end (whatever happened to those delightful reds at 11% or less, for light daytime drinking?) but still an interesting blend not be found from other parts. The result is closest to a Malbec perhaps but with more interest and finish from acidity. Recommended."
Mr Robert Medland (27-Sep-2012)
"I thought this was a wine perfectly described by The Society . . . `Smooth and easy drinking, with or without food`. All in all, a bargain-priced, good `quaffing' wine."
Mr Martin W Edmunds (27-Sep-2012)
"I bought a case of both the red and the white for a summer party regarding especially the portuguese white as a reliable easy-drinking garden wine. I was not disappointed. The red is perhaps regarded as not so suited for this role, but it did its job well and those who prefer drinking red, frequently came back for more. Conclusion: very reliable summer garden party wine."
Mr Harold Young (27-Sep-2012)
"As a regular visitor to Portugal and an admirer of their wine this was great value for money. Wines from Portugal are scarce in the UK so this was a very welcome purchase and one I will certainly repeat as long as The Society continue to stock Portugese wines at reasonable prices."
Dennis Eason Esq (27-Sep-2012)
"This is nothing like as good as the white wine from the same co-operative. It is modestly priced and it is drinkable but rather 'heady' and lifeless."
Mr Robert A Rowbotham (15-Aug-2012)
"I have long been an aficionado of Portugese wines for their excellent value for money. This wine is no exception and is cracking value at £4.95. If you like a half decent Pinot Noir but find it too pricey then try this one - it is a good substitute. I shall be buying more."
Mr John N Stobart (01-Feb-2012)
"Awful, awful, awful. Rough, cheap and nasty. And my husband agrees too. This is the only Wine Society bottle that I have ever regretted buying. Oh, apart from the white version, which was even worse. Never again. The other reds on the under £5 list are so much better..."
Mrs Fiona Wren (25-Oct-2011)
"Smooth, fruity portuguese with admirable typicity. Game birds and leather on the nose, nice red fruits also coming through, lovely strong mid palate. Flabby finish lets it down slightly but what more could you ask for from a five pound bottle! Very good value indeed."
Mr William Davies (24-Aug-2011)
"We agree with JL's claim of 'astonishing value': bags of red berry fruit, great acidity (which of course one has to like), considerable density and length. General characteristics combined with sound composite corks promise some longevity. Round about the same quality as the Southern French Ranquet Lafleur."
Mr John L Moles (24-Aug-2011)
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