Adega Algueira MERENZAO Ribeira Sacra d.o. Merenzao 2014
This opens with a lifted perfume of small red fruits, lavender and violets - so good! Take a sip and the balance is perfect: intense, pure, layered yet mineral-fresh with waves of bright cherry and spice fruit. Finishes long and with a flourish of mouth perfume. It is only medium-bodied, but don't be fooled, this apparent 'easiness' is one key to this wine's greatness. It has everything we dream about: perfume, purity, sense of place, length and more intensity than you could poke a stick at. Oh, and it's incredibly delicious. Just try having only one glass! Again, grand cru quality. Wild yeast, whole bunch ferment, pressed by foot and aged in old-oak élevage.