Red Wine from Palmela DOC, Portugal

by darby
(Lisbon (May 2013))

Red Wine from Palmela DOC

Palmela is best known for its dry muscat style wines but in more recent years attention is being paid to producing some quality reds.

The region is located south of Lisbon on the Setubal Peninsula.

We had dinner at the Cervejaria da Trinidad in the Chiado district of Lisbon last night, and enjoyed a bottle of Palmela red wine made from Castelao variety, blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and Touriga Nacional. These more familiar blending partners were presumably added to soften the rustic edge that the main variety is known for.

Anyway the wine was flavoursome and soft on the palate, but with sufficient oomph to go with our excellent meal.

For the record we had four very different dishes - grilled salmon and veges, veal green peppers and pineapple on a skewer, steak cooked with ham and chips, and our friend Simon had an aromatic dish made with garlic, bread softened with olive oil and garlic and prawns and more garlic. This last dish was bought to the table and stirred thoroughly by the waiter until i resembled humus. The wine did well with all of these, but maybe the garlic bread and prawns could have done with a dry acidic white.

So Castelao is one more variety that I can add to my wine century list.

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