Smokey dark bramble fruit intermingles with brighter cranberry notes, a touch of tobacco, warm scrubland, this is very fine indeed, with grippy, mineral infused tannins. What's so exciting here is the combination of very fine tannins and bright acidity holding up dark but bright fruit, shavings of dark chocolate, sap and cedar. A wine for lovers of nebbiolo and bright northern rhone syrah.
The Palace Hotel Bussaco began life in 1917, nestled between Bairrada and Dao, an hour south of Oporto right in the middle of what was then a bustling holiday retreat for Portugal's wealthy elite. Its gothic grandeur, maintained all but unchanged by the de Almeida family over the past near century serves as a visual clue to the highly traditional, classical and timeless wines the hotel winery produces.
Stylistically, the two great Portuguese grapes of the red, Baga and Touriga Nacional produce a wine of great depth of flavour but also bright and uplifting acidity. Moreover, they are wines that continue to evolve in the glass offering layer upon layer of complexity. Lovers of Nebbiolo, Northern Rhone Syrah, and of course Baga, will undoubtedly find these fascinating and individual wines highly appealing.