Herdade do Rocim Indígena Biologic Organic Red 2018
The wines of Herdade do Rocim have become something of a fixture at Bar Douro since winemaking couple Catarina Vieira and Pedro Ribeiro presented a selection of wines from their huge, diverse range at an ‘in conversation’ wine dinner. And with me, since I selected flagship Grande Rocim Alicante Bouschet 2007 – the maiden release - for Wines of Portugal’s prestigious tasting, 50 Great Portuguese Wines 2010. The range has become increasingly refined, less reliant on extraction and oak, allowing the Vidigueira sub-region’s freshness to animate the wines, teasing out layers of flavour. Mature bottles of Olho de Mocho Reserva White, made from Antão Vaz, highlight the age-worthiness which this freshness brings to their wines. Latterly, making wine in traditional talha (large amphorae) and innovative ‘clay barrels’ has revealed another side to this modern estate.
Made from Alicante Bouschet, Alentejo’s premier red grape, Indígena Biologic is the estate’s first certified organic release. Initially a little reduced, allow it to breathe and, on opening up, you will discover a vivid, fresh expression of the variety – very true. With no oak, naked, if you like, the variety’s spicy, savoury tamarind and clove undertones, well-defined blackberry and plum fruit and structuring tannins (gently tactile) are clearly articulated. Well suited to summer and autumnal drinking, with the scope to age if you can resist it….14%