Casa do Lago Lisboa Touriga Cabernet
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PRODUCER: DFJ Vinhos is one of Portugal`s most innovative and highly awarded wine producers, winning best Portuguese producer in both the New York International Competition and Berliner Wine competition in 2018. They control estates in the Lisboa, Douro, Setubal, Alentejo and Tejo wine regions and work with 22 different grape varieties. The company is headed by Portugal’s top winemaker, José Neiva, who has worked with some of Portugal`s largest wineries and was one of the world`s most productive winemakers. He has now been leading the way for over 40 years and, at the recent `Portuguese Wine Oscars`, he was made `Senhor do Vinho` - the highest accolade for an outstanding career.
REGION: The Vinho Regional Lisboa (previously known as Estremadura) extends north and west of Lisbon, following the rugged Atlantic coastline. The windswept rolling landscape is dotted with old windmills and modern wind turbines overseeing vineyards and pine forest. It is Portugal`s third largest wine producing region in volume terms, but arguably the source of the country`s best value table wines. Most of the region enjoys a maritime climate that allows production of fresh whites and balanced red wines. The last ten years have seen a surge of ambitious small growers making far more interesting wines across a wide selection of grape varietals.
TASTING NOTES: Made by Jose Neiva, Portugal’s leading winemaker at Quinta da Fonte Bella in central Portugal. This well flavoured red from the cool Atlantic influenced vineyards of Estremadura (north of Lisbon) uses a combination of the Portuguese variety Touriga Nacional and Cabernet Sauvignon to add richness and supple mouthfeel. The deep ruby colour of this wine indicates its full bodied, fruity style offering aromas of blackcurrant, leather and spice. It has a delicious, rich, concentrated flavour of ripe berry fruits, yet is well structured and extremely smooth on the palate.