Quinta da Costa do Pinhão - Gradual 2015
Producer: Quinta da Costa do Pinhão
Wine name: Gradual
ABV: 12.5

Very serious stuff considering this is Miguel’s entry-level wine – and also evolving beautifully. I lasted tasted this in 2019 and it felt a lot lighter and simpler.

Earthy, forest-floor like nose with a splash of Touriga’s perfumy, violet character and predominant dark fruits. A tiny hint of oak on opening, but it soon integrates. Spicy, dark fruit with quite a bit of structure.

A beguiling wine, because despite its low alcohol and lightish body, it’s full of depth and complexity. I enjoyed this wine over two days, and it was still improving on day two – suggesting that there is plenty of potential to age it further.

The winemaker is Luis Seabra. Grapes were foot-trodden, wild fermented with a proportion whole cluster, and the wine aged for 12 months in French oak barrels.