Portugal Boutique Winery Boina Tinto, 2018
Style/ Colour Red
Grape Varieties Field blend of Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Carvalha, Tinta Francisca and Sousão
Vineyard/ Winemaking Boina was the first wine to be released by Portugal Boutique Winery. The maiden 2015 vintage made an immediate impression, not least because it was unoaked. So you might be surprised to hear that grape sourcing follows the rather successful Barca Velha/Duas Quintas template, searching high and low, with an elevated, fresher component coming from granite as well as schist soils. Bointa Tinto 2018 comes from predominantly north-facing parcels at 500m, with the riper component sourced from lower south-west-facing Baixo Corgo and Cima Corgo vineyards on schist at 250m. Sixty-years-old or more, these field blend parcels major on Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Carvalha, Tinta Francisca and Sousão - grapes known for their fresh, aromatic profile. Hand-picked, the grapes were destemmed, crushed and, following a two-day cold soak, fermented with native yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats.
Tasting notes If Monte Bluna’s aromatics and freshness put me in mind of Pineau d’Aunis from the Loire, Boina Red has something of Loire Cabernet Franc about it. Bright crimson, it reveals dried roses and inky violets to nose and palate, with lifted pencil shavings aplenty to the al dente red and black currant and berry fruit. Dusty mineral (schistous) tannins and a touch of saltlick smack firmly of the Douro. With lovely intensity, definition and persistence to the fruit, this is an appetising, vibrant red.
Food pairing Tomato açorda; Pork ribs with Algavian picadito
Serving recommendations Should be served slightly chilled 12-14ºC. Drink 2021-2025
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