The Douro river in Portugal is home to some of the worlds greatest wines, most famously Port (real Port!) and less known but no lesser quality reds from the terraced vineyards along the banks. Not to mention it continues to flow into Spain where it becomes the Duero and synonymous with great reds. This estate is owned by the famous Symington Family, who own some of the greatest Port producing houses, and the wine is made using native varieties like Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Touriga Franca.
This Douro Tinto i smade using the traditional Port varieties and the family resemblance is strong. Schist, dark fruits, smoke and very ripe. There is a fair amount of strong tannin and a core of blue fruits on the palate.
Touriga Nacional is the most desirable for quality Port but proves difficult to grow and offers small yields. That means Touriga Franca is the greatest plantings and can be seen as the Cabernet Franc compared to Nacionals Cabernet Sauvignon. Tinta Barroca can withstand the cool conditions on the North facing slopes, Tinta Cão offers finesse and complexity and Tinta Roriz aka Tempranillo offers its own perfume and charm.