A very moreish medium-bodied wine with tangy savoury dark plum fruits, good acidity, and fine grained tannins on the finish. A slow-burner that improves with each sip. Delightful in every way.
Certainly better with food, roast or grilled lamb would bring the fruit to life and cut through the tannins very nicely.
The Dâo region in the north of Portugal is producing some of the best-value red wines around at the moment. If, like me, you are a fan of more elegant wines that are lower in alcohol, then you should certainly seek them out. The whites can be equally good too. This wine is from one of the historic estates of the region, dating back to the 19th century, being revitalised by a new owner and winemaking team. Abanico is a sub-region of Dâo.
€21 from Grapevine, Dalkey; Clontarf Wines; Redmonds, Ranelagh; Baggot Street Wines.