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Fita Preta 2011 Red

By James Johnson

This is a really stylish Alentejo red made from classic grapes of the region: Aragonês, Alicante Bouschet and Trincadeira.

The Fita Preta team, based near Évora, was founded by renowned winemaker António Maçanita and the viticulture expert David Booth. Very sadly David Booth died quite suddenly recently but António Maçanita and his team have carried on with the project.

At the heart of this is the hugely popular (in Lisbon night spots rather than Algarve restaurants, one has to say) Sexy labels.

The success of this has allowed them the resources to develop their more upmarket range of wines such as this.

This is a big bold wine, bursting with mature red berry fruit flavours. Don’t be put off by the heady 15º alcohol. The wine is so extraordinarily well balanced through partial wood ageing, careful management of the tannins and ensuring the fruit flavours remain upfront that one really doesn’t notice the alcohol (but just bear it in mind when you drive home).  

This wine will cope well with the strongest of meat dishes but is suave enough to enjoy on its own. At under €10 this wine would grace any table and is up there with the best of Alentejo reds.