jamie goode's wine blog

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

After my earlier downbeat post, I didn't have to wait too long to get positive. The wine in question? Preta, the big brother of Sexy, reported on yesterday. It's an impressive high-end Alentejo wine, up there with the best - in fact, in style it reminded me a bit of Malhadinha Nova.

Preta 2004 Alentejo
A blend of 52% Touriga Nacional with 48% Cabernet Sauvignon from Bencatel and Fronteira, in the northern Alentejo. Crop thinning, hand picking and lots of selection. Spontaneous indigenous fermentation followed by post-ferment maceration of over 20 days. Aged in new French (85%) and Portuguese (15%) barrels for 12 months. 6000 bottles produced; Portuguese retail is 23 Euros. This wine has a fantastic, perfumed nose of sweet, ripe, pure raspeberry and blackberry fruit, with the richness countered nicely by a lively, fresh spiciness. The palate is sweetly fruited, but again there's a lovely counterbalancing spiciness, and despite the richness, concentration and alcohol (14.5%) the wine stays fresh and lively in the mouth. Hiding behind all this fruit is a delicious savoury, slightly medicinal sort of complexity, which makes it taste Portuguese rather than just simply fruity and new world in style. Finishes quite tannic. A really super effort. Vey good/excellent 93/100 (I think this will be available in the UK from Thameside Wines, who have simply the best selection of Portuguese wines - it's not on their website yet, though.)


At 6:10 AM, Blogger Jamie said...

Thameside wines tell me that the wine will soon be in stock - it's on the way, and will be 21.60 in a mixed case of twelve, or 24 for a single bottle. (They add 'Looks expensive against 23 euros perhaps, but shipping, UK duty, and tax add up'.)

At 12:05 PM, Blogger La Gramiere said...

Ooh, spontaneous indigenous fermentation, can I borrow that phrase for my back label? Pretty fancy!

At 2:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

OK, point taken La Gramiere. It's a mouthful and a tautology all at the same time. Perhaps 'natural ferment' is your style?

At 9:02 PM, Blogger Jamie said...

Just an addendum: the Preta is drinking very nicely two days later. I revisited it.


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