This is a powerful, attention-grabbing wine, with taut muscularity. It offers magnificent aromas of rockrose, mint and hints of ginger. The substantial palate is full with expressive black fruit notes lifted by peppery schist tannins (the seasoning provided by the Sousão). The long, lingering aftertaste indicates impressive ageing potential.
The wine's components were sourced from the mature plantings of Touriga Franca from the Vale da Teja sections of Vesuvio, the Touriga Nacional from the high-lying Vinha das Minas and Raposa parcels, the Sousão from the Minas and Quinta Nova vineyards and the Alicante Bouschet from Castelos. The Sousão component was larger than usual due to the importance of its fine acidity.