Terras do Sado, MOP142, cork
Portugal has a large proportion of the world’s grape varieties, yet the good people at Quinta do Bacalhoa decided to have a go at Cabernet. Their attractive website is all in Portuguese, and while I couldn’t read a word, the photos of the winery do look impressive. There’s 10% Merlot in the mix and the wine was matured for eleven months in new oak. The Terras do Sado is a coastal region directly south of Lisbon that is divided by the Sado River.
It’s dark in colour, though red rather than purple. It smells of black fruits and oak; I wrote ‘sharp fruit’ on my tasting note. Even at the first sip it’s obvious that this is a wine that’s easy to drink. Lots of blackberries are wrapped up in soft, sweet tannins. The length isn’t amazing and there’s a bit of alcohol on the finish, but it’s not overly disturbing. It’s an interesting wine because it doesn’t really taste of Cabernet or Portugal, but seems to be just a generic ‘new world’ style. Soft and smooth Bacalhoa Cabernet Sauvignon 2007 is highly glugable; though Cabernet and new oak aren’t really what I expect from Portugal.
Visit winery website (Portuguese only).