Monday, 13 October 2008

Esporao Aragonês 2002

Alentejo, Portugal, cork seal, MOP$190
Another purchase from Macau. It was interestingly enough imported by "Goodtime Distributors" who either have a sense of humour or a very diverse business. Aragonês or Aragonez is the Portuguese name for Tempranillo; one of the few Spanish grapes the Portuguese seem to have taken to with gusto. It's produced by Herdade do Esporao a huge outfit in the southern-central region of Alentejo and is part of their 'Monocastas' range that offers clearly labelled, single varietal wines; rather cutting edge for Portugal.

Esporao Aragonês 2002 is a dark inky purple colour. It smells delightfully dusty, with hints of blackberries, chocolate, pencil lead, tobacco and capsicum. The palate is rich and full with black fruits, spicy oak and bold, grippy tannins. It really is a powerhouse of a wine; the dark fruit flavours are intense, the tannins big and the length excellent. It's already six years old so I'm not sure if it's going to soften anymore, so to enjoy this I'd defiantly involve a decanter and steak. A most enjoyable wine.

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