Atlântico 2015, VR Alentejano, Portugal
€9.99 from Fresh Stores.
Fragrant, with plump rounded plum and red cherry fruits and a smooth finish. You cannot ask for more at this price.
Dangerously easy to drink and perfect for large gatherings and parties.
The label is a painting, showing the famous Number 28 yellow tram of Lisbon in the distance. This which may seem familiar to some of you; O’Briens have their Porta 6, a Portuguese red wine, featuring the same vehicle, that flies out when it is promoted at around €10 a bottle – the wine that is, not the tram. This wine is made by a different producer, but has a certain similarity in style. Apparently this is the best selling wine in all five Fresh stores.
Vale da Capucha 2011, Vinho Regional, Portugal
Very restrained with just ripe damson fruits, good acidity and a very attractive mineral core. Great wine with real character.
This has the acidity and tannic structure to cut through fatty meats; grilled duck breast or maybe belly of pork, so long as they aren’t swamped with a sweet sauce.
Available from Corkscrew, Gibney’s Malahide, Redmond’s Ranelagh.
Pedro Marques is better known for his white wines than red (see above), but I tried this red three times over the last six months and was very taken with it. As my tasting note suggests, it was a lovely elegant wine with a slight earthy minerality. I was gobsmacked to find out it was 15% alcohol. So not one to sip while watching TV.