New in at Apolónia and priced at €13.95 is this classy red from a winery I had not yet heard of. Monte da Bonança is located around halfway between Évora and Estremoz and, so says their website, the concept is all about old vines and new blood.
Wine has been made here apparently for over 40 years, but some sort of reinvention has clearly happened.
This wine under their “Origem” label is made from a blend of Alicante Bouschet, Aragonez and Trincadeira, resulting in a well-balanced wine of medium to full body.
On the nose, the wine is spicy with well-integrated oak and dark fruit notes, medium- to full-bodied in the mouth with smooth tannins and a long medium-dry finish. Well-suited to a nice grilled steak.