BEST VALUE OVER €15
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.