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2014 Bairrada Tinto, Casa de Saima

2014 Bairrada Tinto, Casa de Saima

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A bargain, bargain, bargain.   This has lovely, ripe, whole-berry fruit – redcurrant, cranberry perhaps a touch of ripe cherry.  In the palate the flavours appear more savoury and earthy with rounded, ripe tannins and clean, well-balanced finish. I just love it.

This is one of the most underrated wineries and under-priced wines that I've come across in many a year. Located in the heart of Portugal’s picturesque Bairrada Region, Casa de Saima sits on over 50 acres of mineral rich soil. To my mind the Bairrada region should be as well known to wine lovers as, say, the Rhône, but it isn’t – here Baga with some Touriga Nacional and Merlot for reds and Maria Gomes and Bical for whites are grown, perfectly translating the soil and location into the wines that are produced here. Graca Miranda is the driving force behind Casa de Saima; owner and winemaker she has turned this winery into one of the region’s stars at once modernising whilst at the same time retaining time-honoured traditions of treading and open-fermenting (for reds) before ageing in 100 year old casks. The most notable change is that these wonderful Bairrada reds are now far more approachable in their youth, yet have lost none of their local charm.

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