Warwick Estate Three Cape Ladies, Warwick Estate
Symington Family Estates
Delicious red blend crafted from estate grown grapes in Portugal's Douro Valley. Brimming with dark fruit character and vibrant notes vanilla and spice, this is a great everyday drinking wine, either on its own or with a range of different foods.
Synonomous with the Douro Valley for more than 130 years, the Symington family and the wines of Portugal are inextricably linked. Their generations of commitment to extracting the best out of the land and grapes of the Douro has seen them the most awarded winemaker from the area in the last 25 years. The range of Altano wines, comes from grapes grown in the Vilarica Valley. Its flat topography, deep schist/clay soil and continental microclimate make the perfect conditions for thriving organic viticulture.
A couple of hours drive inland from the historic trading city of Oporto the picturesque Douro Valley, with its steep terraces and wide meandering river, is the beating heart of Portuguese wine. The Douro is most famous for its delicious, fortified Port wines, made from a blend of traditional grapes and boosted with distilled spirit to ward off oxidation. Produced in a range of styles, from rich, juicy non-vintage ruby ports, to the delicate, lighter tawny bottled at anything from 10 to 50 years of age, Port is Portugal's most famous export.
While Port remains at the forefront of the Douro's production, the region is developing an excellent reputation for its table wines. Made from a range of grapes, most prominently Touriga Nacional, a native variety most famous for its use in the finest vintage ports. Touriga Nacional's thick skins and rich flavours create bold, powerful wines with excellent structure and tannin.
Red blended wines are created around the world from a multitude of grapes and are often focused on local varieties. Well-blended red wines should make use of complementary varieties, that balance each other well. Cabernet Sauvignon often plays a major part, as does Syrah and Pinot Noir. Australia makes excellent wines from Grenache, Shiraz and Mataro, known as GSMs. Portuguese red blends typically rely on inky Touriga Nacional, and in Argentina, Malbec and Cabernet Sauvignon are good friends.
Bright, vibrant nose with Morello cherries and floral notes. Warm, freshly squeezed summer berry fruits with added cherries and a touch of violets. Really juicy style, ripe, rounded tannins, all beautifully integrated.
Easy-going weeknight dinners, try with an Italian tomato pasta or slow-cooker casserole.