2019 Luis Seabra Mono A Tinto Alfrocheiro Dao

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Luis Seabra |Dao |Alfrocheiro
Old World red from Portugal's Dao made in a new wave style - this is the rare Alfrocheiro grape given new life, energy and glamour.

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Luis Seabra has been proving that Portugal can make world class wines, products of grace and poise, for years. While there is always amazing complexity to the wines, with savoury flavours at the edges, there is always such a breath-taking clarity of flavour.

This is no exception. Alfrocheiro is a rare grape. So rare that it was only identified last century and accounts for only 3% of Portugal's vineyard area. But winemakers in the Dao already regard it very highly. Seabra harvested this variety early, taming its tannins with natural acid. Light bodied, with fresh mint, blackberries, raspberries and a tight mineral line racing through. It's as gorgeous as it is unique. Full marks from us.

Indigenous yeast fermentation with 40% whole cluster, in wood fermentation vats of 5000 litres, nothing was added to the wine but sulphur. Total maceration of 26 days before ageing 14 months in 3000 litre east European oak barrels.

Alfrocheiro is a very aromatic variety when harvest early, keeps its acidity well and, in general, has soft tannins. It can be drunk by itself but also goes well with meat dishes, light mushroom sauces, different meat/veggie stews and different kind of pasta dishes.

94 Points - "This is precise and refreshing, tart with cherry and cranberry fruit character but its the graphite-like minerality, sharpy cut of fine, emery board tannins and the serious dose of alpine herb, brambles and garrigue that sets the wine apart. Razor's edge texture and incredibly bright, exceptional length and fine detail. This is quite a remarkable wine. Revitalising to drink, in a way. It's got great presence and energy." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

96 Points - "Deep red-purple, bright and bold in the glass, the bouquet is faintly sweaty overlying deep-set blackberry and rich palate flavour, cassis and other berry flavours abounding. There is attractive sweetness to the fruit at its core, while the tannins are abundant but fine and supple, and not overbearing. Delicious wine, already good to drink but I suspect it has a bright future if cellared. Superb." - Huon Hooke (The Real Review)

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