REGION: Alentejo, Portgual
Often described as "the pinot noir of Portugal", we actually think this undersells this highly versatile grape variety. Yes, it is lighter in body than many other Portuguese varieties, but it is probably a little more approachable than pinot. Perhaps Grenache would be a better comparator: this shows lovely red fruits, brambly flavours and lovely pepper-y spice. Made by a highly accomplished flying Australian winemaker who is rigorous in his handling of good fruit.