By Patrick Stuart [email protected]
I was seduced by the soft tannins and lush fruit of this Alentejo red from the notable quinta of Dona Maria near Estremoz, and as always when researching my weekly wine column, I gave it a quick Google. And it seems that the seductiveness of the name has been picked up on elsewhere, no less than what appears online as a major chain of Spanish sex shops! But further Googling revealed that an amantis is in fact a type of locust, so summing up, I have no idea why the producer (or the sex shop for that matter) chose this name for their product; in this case, an excellent and unusual Alentejo red. This is a full-bodied wine, but at the same time it displays an elegance not usually associated with the region, the result probably of an original blend made up of mostly foreign varieties (Syrah, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Sauvignon) in equal quantities, with the honourable addition of Portugal’s most noble red grape, Touriga Nacional, at just 10% of the mix. Ageing in a mix of new French and American oak further enhances the complexity of the blend, with soft berry fruits on the nose and a silky texture in the mouth. All in all, a most seductive red.
Promotional price at Apolónia supermarket
(valid from June 20 to June 26)
DONA MARIA AMANTIS RED: €13.99 (retail price €14.99)