Julian Reynolds Reserva 2008

The Reynolds clan, who settled in the Alentejo in 1850, are one of the great names in both wine and cork production in the region.

Julian Reynolds, of the fifth generation of the family since they came to Portugal, started producing his own wines around 15 years ago, most notable amongst them the premium Gloria Reynolds label, produced only in exceptional years in honour of Julian’s mother.

More accessibly priced (€11.95 at Apolónia) is the Julian Reynolds label, made from a blend of Alicante Bouchet (a variety introduced to Portugal by the family some 50 years ago) with Touriga Nacional and Trincadeira.

This is a “big” meaty red wine, with rich berry fruit and dark chocolate notes on the nose. On the mouth the wine is full and rich with well rounded tannins and a surprising freshness in this 2008.

Julian’s wines are made for ageing and, in fact, even this entry level wine ages for 18 months in French oak and a further 18 months in the bottle before being released from the cellar. An excellent wine for roast lamb or hearty winter stews.

By PATRICK STUART [email protected]