Tanners Super Douro Red, Reserva 2015
This is rich and concentrated with great depth and well-defined notes of spice and flowers, pressed violets, blueberries and a cool mineral vein. It oozes charm and has fine, elegant tannins.
The winemaking team at Duorum sent us this reply when we requested more information on the use of oak in Tanners Super Douro:
“The wine has been blended by Tanners buying team using wines from the Duorum estate. The Colheita wine in the blend is aged for 6 months in French oak barrels, but the winery were persuaded by Tanners great charm (!) to include a significant quantity of reserve wine in the blend, giving it even more sophistication and ageing capacity. Reserve wines have had 12-15 months in French oak, and the grapes come from specific locations within the vineyard known for their high quality. As well as all the usual Douro grapes (the same as in port), Sousão is especially favoured in a higher percentage, as it gives a deep colour and structure."
|Bottle Size||75 cl|
|Major Grape||Touriga Nacional|
|Grapes||Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Souzão|
|Drinking Guide||Drink or Keep|
|Food Match||Venison Casserole|
It was a hard choice: Tanners Côtes du Rhône, an absolute charmer from the very good 2016 vintage, or this Douro red. In the end I settled on the dark, full-bodied, oak-matured Reserva, partly because it went irresistibly well with a magret de canard and Pyrenees sheep's cheese that I was eating. It's made by Duorum Vinhos with input from Tanners, using classic port grapes led by Touriga Nacional, and is aged in French oak, which gives depth and toasty expression to the concentrated damson richness and the spicy roast meat, black pepper, cedar and liquorice notes. In addition to its affinity with duck, it's a great steak-on-the-barbie wine but doesn't overwhelm lighter meats and dishes such as the Portuguese Arroz de Pato (duck, rice and chouriço, or chorizo) or recipes with a bit of spice, and the tannins are ripe and smooth enough for cheeses such as Manchego, Comté and aged Gouda. 14.0%.
UK Merchant Tanners blended this from wines made by Douorum Vinhos. A full-on mouthful at first taste, with concentrated black berry fruits galore. But the palate reveals more lightness of touch thanks to an elegant structure and subtle use of oak. Definitely one for barbequed meats.
The meat of the moment is of course spring lamb, which needs red wines to bring out the best of it …the rich, robust and spicy Tanners Super Douro, Reserva 2015, made from the local port grapes combination with the addition of the rare sousao grape to give structure, will cut through any fattiness in the lamb. A terrifically appealing all round red for roasts and barbecues, once the weather allows.