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‘Drink Me’ Tinto, Niepoort

Touriga Franca,Touriga Nacional,Tinata Roriz andTinta & AmarelaNiepoort started making table wines (not Port) from Douro vineyards in the early 1990's and have gone on to become one of the region's leading lights, with Dirk Niepoort gaining a reputation as one of the World's bet winemakers. This 'entry level' wine is a firm favourite of ours; the eye-catching label means it always flies off the shelves but customers always return due to the quality of the wine in the bottle! Medium-bodied, smooth and elegant, this is an easy-drinking version of the Douro that never disappoints. A great wine for BBQ's, pork and grilled or roasted vegetables. A versatile all-rounder.

Alvarinho ‘Granit’, Soalheiro, Vinho Verde

100% Alvarinho (same as Albarino over the border in Spain) Qunita do Soalheiro are the benchmark producer of Alvarinho. Based in the Vinho Verde region, their wines are a league above other producers; more elegant and complex. This particular bottling, named 'Granit' after the soils in this vineyard, is my favourite; a rich, complex expression of the grape with a lovely mineral texture and a very long, pure finish. A little bit similar to really good 1er Cru Chablis, this is perfect with things like grilled white fish with lemon and olive oil or shellfish (lobster salad would be sublime). Something a bit different but truly World class. You won't be disappointed.

Ciconia Tinto, Casa Relvas


Touriga Nacional, Syrah, Aragonez plus others.. The Alentejo region of Portugal (North of the Algarve), produces some of the county's best value wines. This is a great example from Alexandre Relvas Jr and his team at Casa Relvas. It is rich and juicy blend with a long smooth finish, that tastes much more expensive than it is. Perfect for BBQ's and a really versatile wine to have on hand, complementing pizza, meaty pasta, pork chops...

Meandro Tinto, Quinta do Vale Maeo

Quinta do Vale Maeo is perhaps the most famous and important vineyard in all of Portugal. For many years the grapes went into Casa Fereirrinha's Barca Velha, Portugal's most renowned wine but since 1999, the Olazabal family have bottled and released the wine under their own label. From these same old vineyards, they also produced a 'second wine' called Meandro, which is more approachable in it's youth (and more affordaable!). Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Roriz account for 85% of the blend of this wine, which also includes Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, and Tinto Cão (typical mixture of Douro grapes). This is one of my favourite Douro reds; it's so rich and complex and to me, sums up what the Douro is all about. It is full-bodied with fairly robust tannins, so does need food - grilled meats or strong, hard cheeses work well - but the perfume is what sets it apart form the herd. Full of herbs and dark, brooding black fruits, it is completely beguiling. A real wine and one that is utterly satisfying. This benefits from a bit of time in a decanter or would improve further if cellared for up to 10 years. Great value for such an amazing wine.

Niepoort LBV Port (Half bottle)

Dirk Niepoort is often lauded as Portugal’s best winemaker, making some of Portugal’s best table wines. However, Port is always at the heart of what he does and year after year, this LBV is one of the very best. Despite it’s power and richness, it stands out from the crowd with it’s real drinkability!...and these half bottles look cute.

Niepoort Ruby Dum 1/2 bottle

 Named after the Alice in Wonderland characters Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dee, these wines offer a great introduction to Dirk Niepoort's winesThe Ruby Dee is dark red in colour with a fresh vibrant aroma of dark fruits which follows through on the palate along with an almost mineral character, a youthful wine with good extract and great balance, offering superb "drinkability".Ready to drink now after a meal on its own or with a selection of cheeses.

Niepoort Tawny Dee 1/2 bottle

 Named after the characters in Alice in Wonderland, the Dum and Dee wines are a great introduction to Dirk Niepoort's wines.Brick red/tawny in colour, with delicate nutty aromas and a hint of dried fruits. On the palate, very well balanced with a youthful fruity, luscious character, which integrates well with a long finish.Perfect with nuts, dried fruits and blue cheeses. Lovely served slightly chilled.

Raza, Quinta da Raza, Vinho Verde

This Vinho Verde (northern Portugal), has always been one of our most popular wines. Quinta da Raza is a fifth generation family winery that makes some of the most expressive wines in the region. This wine is a blend of Arinto, Azal & Trajadura and is probably the most refreshing wine on our list. The wine is bottled young and retains a little spritz which when drunk cold on a hot day really hits the spot! Perfect summer wine for the garden or picnics (11.5% abv) and great with salads and grilled shellfish. You will need more than one bottle of this...

Redoma Tinto, Niepoort

The Redoma wines are perhaps the flagship of Dirk Niepoort's range. The Tinto is rich and full-bodied with layers of dark fruit flavour and complex spice. 2017 was such a fantastic vintage for Niepoort, the wine is approachable now, but having tried older vintages over the years, it will definitely repay some years in the bottle. Perfect with the full roast beef dinner, or something gamey like venison stew.