Velvet black fruit Alicante plays a minor role in many of Portugal’s reds, but José Neiva Correia decided to give it centre stage. Madness, some thought, but 21 Golds over seven vintages prove him right. See for yourself in this sample size bottle.
Beyond the Label
Ripe damson and blackberry with a hint of coffee and cinnamon
They said he was ‘aluado’ (‘loony’) but José Neiva Correia has proved his doubters wrong. Alicante Bouschet produces some of the world’s deepest-coloured wines and is often used to enhance Portugal’s top reds, but it's rarely found solo. That didn't deter José – determined as he was to let the darkly delicious grape shine. And it certainly paid off. Aluado is now one of our customers' favourite reds (with 850+ 5-star reviews). Following on from last year’s triple-Gold-medal triumph, José again used grapes from his own historic estate, Quinta de Porto Franco (which dates back to the 12th century and is thought to have the oldest vineyard in Alenquer). A rich, velvety red, great solo or served with roast lamb or a herby vegetarian casserole.
"Very rich, dark and fruity. It's now one of my firm favourites"
5-Star Online Review