Têmpera Tinta Roriz, by José Bento dos Santos

Têmpera is one of the mid-range labels from Quinta do Monte d’Oiro, a premium producer in the Lisbon region that is best known for its Syrahs, specifically the Monte d’Oiro label blending a touch of Viognier with the Syrah in the style of the great wines of Côte Rôtie.

But the winery also produces this varietal from the Tinta Roriz (aka Aragonês/Tempranillo) grape, representing good value for money (€14.99 at Apolónia).

It’s surprising how so few producers here in Portugal these days are making varietal wines from Tinta Roriz. With the changing trend towards more elegant, medium-bodied reds as opposed to the more powerful wines made from grapes such as Portugal’s beloved Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz is well positioned to regain popularity.

This is a silky-smooth red, medium to full bodied with well-integrated oak and ripe red berry notes on the nose. In the mouth, the soft tannins make for easy drinking but with good depth of flavour and a long spicy finish.

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