One of Portugal's largest and most progressive producers with 600 hectares spread across estates in five regions from Douro in the north to Alentejo in the south. Winemaker Francisco Antunes oversees what must be one of the most diverse ranges in Europe, from the 3rd largest Portuguese rose brand (Casal Mendes) to some of the country's most impressive premium reds from estates in Douro, Dao, Bairrada and Alentejo. Arguably, Francisco's greatest achievements lie between these extremes, a range of mid-priced wines from native varieties, full of character, quite distinctly Portuguese, but at the same time approachable and with fresh, modern fruit.
Alianca Terra Boa 2018
A blend of Tinto Roriz (Tempranillo), Touriga Nacional and a small part of Cabernet Sauvignon. The wine is a fresh and modern take on Portugese reds. Moved away from the dark and brooding this is a warm and softly spiced red, all juice and character. Fermentation and aging of the estate grown fruit is carried out in stainless steel and all the winemaking decisions are about retaining bright, approachable, blackcurrant, raspberry and dark cherry flavours.