Producers in Portugal’s Dao region began to recognise a potential mismatch between their traditional red wines and current consumer tastes.
So, they began what trendy marketing folk would now call a “pivot”.
Out went burly, rustic and often tannic versions and in came accessible, fruitier, terroir driven alternatives.
I feature one of the (kindly priced) replacements today.
Its companion white represents a style that, personally, I do not think needs to change.
Unfortunately, riesling sales generally suggest that not so many people agree with me.
Here, then, is a great value example that – with luck – might alter a few minds.
Once again, pictures and hyperlinks are included where possible to make it easier to track down the wine in question.
First a look at that “pivot”
2021 Extra Special Dão (£7 at Asda and 13.5% abv):
Last year, I recommended an earlier vintage of this nicely balanced Portuguese red, and this latest version is equally good.
Smooth and medium bodied, its main feature is intense cherry, plum and pomegranate flavours.
These are neatly coupled with suggestions of cocoa, mint, minerality and allspice with firm tannin – but it also has lively acidity to set against it.
And a “blast from the past” too often overlooked
2022 Thornicher St. Michael Riesling (£5.29 at Lidl and 11%):
White wines with a little sweetness are great “drink anytime” options provided there is contrasting acidity.
Happily, this inexpensive German example offers us exactly that.
Its sherbet lime acidity refreshingly counterbalances the wine’s melon, pink grapefruit and red apple flavours.
The result is clean, unashamedly off-dry wine with tropical fruit hints.
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