Available from Redmond’s Ranelagh; Thewineshop.ie
The label says ‘delicate fruit aromas, fresh fruit flavours…an exceptionally elegant wine with soft rounded tannins’. Utter rubbish! This is a big tannic swarthy number with a backbone of steely minerals and firm, ripe, almost baked dark fruits. I like it a lot but you would certainly need food.
The last barbequed steak of the summer?
€13.99 down to €9.99
Light smooth ripe plum and blackberry fruits in far greater concentration than you would expect in a wine at under €10. Very gluggable wine to drink with red and white meats.
The natty label features the historic tram that runs around the streets of Portugal’s capital city. António Mendes Lopes of Vidigal had bought the picture, but had great trouble tracking down the artist to get his permission to use it on a label – it turned out to be a slightly eccentric German artist by the name of Hauke Vagt, who sold his works to tourists during the summer months.
Available from O’Briens