The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 5 July 2020

Herdade do Rocim – Clay Aged Branco 2018

Foot trodden and fermented in lagar, aged in talha. Sharp citrus tang, but overall very salty and rather vegetal on the finish. A bit yoghurty/lactic on the nose. Rather thin and sharp with an almost complete lack of fruit – Read more

Herdade do Rocim – Amphora Branco 2019

Fermented in talha (10 months?), 3 months ageing in bottle. Bright and silky pear fruit with a sprightly mineral kick, heads in quite a savoury, dried herb direction on the finish. Light bodied, fresh but with talha character. Lovely roundness Read more

Herdade do Rocim – Santiago na Anfora do Rocim 2019

Half fermented in talha with skins, half in steel then aged in talha. Slightly buttery, ripe melon on the nose. Super expressive fruit, also with ripe canteloupe melon and pear. Attractive bitterness on the finish. Really typical, effusive Alvarinho fruit. Read more

Bojador – Talha Branco 2019

Bojador is the personal winemaking project of Herdade do Rocim’s chief winemaker Pedro Ribeiro. There’s a hint of hay or dried herb on the nose. Leesy, creamy texture and really tangy, salty energy. With aeration, the fruit reveals itself: crunchy Read more

Herdade do Rocim – Fresh from Amphora (Natcool) 2019

Fermentation plus two months skin contact in talha (bottled Nov 2019). Velvet textured, with perfumed raspberry and wild strawberry aromas, silky tannins. Pure fruit but with character and structure, and a distinctive salty kick on the finish. Superbly drinkable and Read more

Herdade do Rocim – Clay Aged Tinto 2018

Foot trodden and fermented in lagar, aged in talha for 16 months. Slightly sweaty on the nose. Hefty, with dark, tarry fruit and tannins that feel ever so slightly green. Feels like it needs a bit more time to integrate. Read more

Herdade do Rocim – Amphora Tinto 2019

Graphite and blood on the nose, opening up to charming red berry fruits with some almost floral, rose-petal notes – but there’s surprise at the end, with rather drying, bitter tannins. There’s also a slightly dirty hint to the finish, Read more

Bojador – Talha Tinto 2019

This starts out quite savoury, with something close to black olive, and some crushed blackberry. The fruit dances across the palate, with juicy strawberry and loganberry notes, then revealing a tarry hint and some tannins – but it’s all oh Read more