The Morning Claret

Simon J Woolf & Friends on Wild and Wonderful Wines

Day: 20 April 2021

Wine+Soul – Pintas Vintage Port 2018

88 year old vineyard with 40+ varieties. Foot trodden & fermented in lagares. 19 months ageing in old port barrels. What impresses here are the aromatics and the fruit purity. It’s loaded with red berries, and has an exotic perfume Read more

Wine+Soul – Manoella 2018

Foot trodden 12 hours, fermented in st steel, 16 months oak ageing. Earthy, graphite, talcum powder and brine on the nose – inviting and intriging, and sooooo Douro. The aromas are of red fruits with a hint of geranium. The Read more

Wine+Soul – Guru 2019

Fermented in oak (10% new), + 7 months oak ageing w. Battonage. The nose has an almost Sauvignon-like aromatic quality, with hints of angelica peel, freshly tilled earth and crushed herbs. It’s juicy, and full of stone fruit goodness. The Read more

Pormenor – Trilho 2018

From over 80-year-old vines grown high up in the Alijo region of Cima Corgo, the grapes were lightly foot trodden and then fermented in various batches, some with stems, some whole bunch, some just berries. Tight, wiry and quite thrilling Read more

Pormenor – Tinto 2018

From old vineyards in Cima Corgo, with about 60 year old vines. Fermented in stainless steel with some stems. Slightly stewed plum and rhubarb aromas with a hint of cacao powder – actually a bit custardy/lactic on the nose, fresh Read more

Pormenor – Rosé 2018

Quite perfumed on the nose, with red berries and a hint of rhubarb. Fresh acidity, and some chalky red berries, but the fruit character feels a bit muted. Overall there’s a lack of defining character, and a lack of fruit.

Pormenor – Reserva Branco 2019

Produced from 80-year-old vines, fermented and aged in barriques. Quite lactic and rounded, with a hint of candied peel and aromatics on the nose. Stone fruit, some tangy gooseberry with a nice salty, tangy finish. Impressively fresh and lively, with Read more

Pormenor – Branco 2019

Lots going on with the nose, some subtle herby and earthy hints, plenty of citrus character, slightly sweaty. Green plum and citrus peel on the palate, lovely fresh acidity. Fairly long, and very tangy. Feels a bit mainstream and pedestrian, Read more

Pormenor – A de Arinto 2019

Fresh tarragon and a whiff of sawdust on the nose. Oak fermented, but the oak influence is not over the top (even if I consider it unwelcome). Piercing acids which lack harmony, tight and lemony, but with a bit of Read more

Château de Cerons – Coucher de Soleil 2020

The first vintage of an orange wine for this small domaine situated in the Cerons appellation (which is only for sweet wines), within Graves. Five weeks skin contact, ageing only in stainless steel. Pale green with aromas of quince, rhubarb Read more