The wine of Herdade do Sobroso keeps on impressing me. This huge 660-hectare (over 1,600 acres) estate is high on my list of places to visit in the Alentejo and, by all accounts, is a fabulous destination for a weekend break.
It is located close to the Spanish border on the banks of the Guadiana River near the Alqueva Dam, Europe’s largest man-made lake. This is where the upper and lower Alentejo meet amidst rolling countryside studded with cork trees.
The estate has a winery, boutique hotel and a highly regarded restaurant.
Winemakers Filipe Teixeira Pinto and Luís Duarte produce a wide range of wines, including their premium label “Arché” – look out for the ‘aguardente velha’ (old brandy), which is one of the finest made in Portugal.
Somewhere in the middle of their range are the “Reserva” labels in red and white. The red currently on the market is from the 2018 vintage and costs around €14. This is an excellent quality Alentejo red made from a blend of Aragonês (Tempranillo), Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Alfrocheiro.
There are jammy rich berry fruit notes on the nose with hints of chocolate, full-bodied in the mouth but subtle and elegant with well-integrated oak and a lingering finish.