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Crasto Branco 2016, Douro, Por­tu­gal — €15.70

Stockists: Wines Di­rect Mullingar and Arnotts Dublin, wines­di­rect.ie

Quinta do Crasto Port has ap­peared here be­fore but they also make good ta­ble wine. A blend of Rabi­gato, Vios­inho and Gou­veio — not grapes you will likely find out­side the Douro, never mind Por­tu­gal. Aro­mas of lime tinged with trop­i­cal fruits and stones, fresh and crisp on the palate and a dry tautly fruity fin­ish.

Duque de Viseu, Dão, Por­tu­gal — €15.99

Stockists: JJ O’Driscolls, Vanilla Grape, In­de­pen­dents.

A mix of grapes but touriga na­cional (55%) and tinta roriz make up the bulk. Aro­mas of spice and vi­o­let tinged smoke mixed with dark and red fruits — this is full, dense and struc­tured but with pleas­ing crunchy red fruits on the mid­dle and fin­ish. Best kept for steak or meaty dishes and is pretty typ­i­cal of the wines of the re­gion.

Her­dade dos Grous, Alen­tejo, Por­tu­gal — €18.95-19.95

Stockists: Green­man Wine, La Touche Grey­stones, Don­ny­brook Fair, Mitchell & Son

Her­dade dos Grous is one of a num­ber of lux­ury es­tates in Alen­tejo that in­clude rooms, spa treat­ments and horse rid­ing etc. The wines are pre­cise and fo­cused and very well made — this is com­plex and full flavoured with in­te­grated oak and sweet ripe fruits bal­anced by acid­ity and tex­ture.

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