Just when the first hiking and foraging events of the year start to pop on my Facebook timeline, news of the “Beast from the East” encourage me to reconsider the wonders of indoors life. This meteorological Yeti’s surprise visit has also pushed me to frantically search for a last minute escape to sunny Portugal.
Porta 6 Reserva 2015 is bottled sunshine from Lisbon. It’s a blend of Syrah, Alicante Bouschet, Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional and a more mature sibling of the very popular Porta 6. If Porta 6 was the wine equivalent to a great backpacking adventure in the Portuguese capital, Porta 6 Reserva would be a little more upscale experience while still offering great value. I’ll think of it as a surprisingly good guesthouse or perhaps a modern and comfy AirBnB.
Aromas of ripe dark fruits (think blackberries, plums and black cherries) merge with a hint of cocoa and the spicy sweetness of vanilla and cinnamon. On the palate, its smooth tannins are balanced and wrap you gently like a fluffy duvet. There is a subtle peppery note that provides a lovely contrast to the juicy fruit.
Porta 6 Reserva 2015 is available at O’Briens Wine at €12.95 (on offer from €15.95).
Gabriela’s passion for writing is only matched by her love for food and wine. Journalist, confectioner and sommelier, she fell in love with Ireland years ago and moved from Venezuela to Dublin in 2014.
Since then, she has written about and worked in the local food scene, and she’s determined to discover and share the different traditions, flavours and places that have led Irish food and drink to fascinate her.