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Trincadeira (AKA Tinta amarela) Red Wine Variety
Trincadeira is the most commonly used name for this variety in Portugal, but Tinta Amarela is a widely used and accepted synonym. Amarela means yellow in Portuguese. It refers to the colour of the mature shoots.
In Portugal's Douro Valley many of the terraced vineyards are field blends of several varieties as illustrated by this image. Trincadeira is likely to be among the varieties here. Image from Monica749 via Pixabay
Several of the varieties used for port wine are very suitable for table wine production, either alone or in blends.
Other varieties commonly used to make port are Tinta Roriz (AKA Tempranillo), Tinta Barocca, Tinto Cao and Touriga.
As the demand for fortified wines declines there is now quite a trend in the Douro Valley, the home of Port wine, to switch production from making fortified wines to table wines.
This same trend has been evident in Australia as well.
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The flavour of Trincadera
Here are a couple of descriptions of this variety
full of rich dark fruit spiced by notes of cinnamon and clove supported by rounded tannins...
Jancis Robinson, Wine Grapes
Trincadeira in Australia
- Campbells Wines Rutherglen
- First Drop Barossa Valley
- G Patritti & Co McLaren Vale
- Massena Wines Barossa Valley
- Old Plains Adelaide Plains
- Peel Estate Peel
- Quattro Mano Barossa Valley
- Smallfry Wines Barossa Valley
- Yarra Yering Yarra Valley
Updated 17 April 2020
Patritti's Trincadeira dry red wine from the Barossa Valley
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