When you think of Portuguese wine, the first thing that probably comes to your mind is Port. Maybe you also think of Madeira or perhaps even perhaps sweet, low-priced rosés like Mateus, but one thing you are unlikely to think of is dry red table wine. And why would you? Such wines are thin on the ground here in Australia. In fact, until I spotted this bottle of Rabo de Galo Tinto 2016 on the shelves at Dan Murphy’s a few weeks ago, I’d never seen one in a wine store here. It’s great to see a little bit more diversity in the marketplace.
One of the interesting things about Portuguese wines is the range of grape varieties used to make them. While the likes of Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinot Noir have all but conquered the world, popping up in one region after another, Portugal is one place where indigenous varieties still reign supreme. This particular wine is a blend of four of those varieties – Castelão, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Trincadeira.
The Review: Rabo de Galo Tinto 2016
There’s a rich nose here with blackberries, plums and toasty oak all playing prominent roles. It’s fruity and pretty full-bodied on the palate, with an open weave of tannins. Quite Port-like in a way, except that it is pretty dry. Very, very dry actually – too much so for some I’d imagine. I suggest drinking it with something rich.
From a value perspective, this wine is pretty good at less than $10 per bottle, though like I said it may be too dry for some people’s tastes. Still, for anyone interested in wine that hasn’t tried a dry Portugese red before I’d recommend getting a bottle, just to see what it’s like.
Region: Lisboa, Portugal
Alcohol Percentage: 13%
- Dan Murphy's