Fancy an absolutely cracking, rich red which,
at less than ?5 a bottle, stands out a mile for value?
As wine correspondent for the Telegraph, I am constantly being asked what my top tips are. So after a positively gruelling tasting in Bristol with Telegraph Wine (30 wines in total - almost every one noteworthy for its high quality - well, somebody has to do it...), here's an absolute gem. The 2000 vintage Peccatore, 'the Sinner,' from the Douro in Portugal.
From the exceptional 2000 vintage, this is a dense red with fragrant blackcurrant jam and cinnamon aromas. It's gorgeously full-bodied, wonderfully smooth with firm tannins and persistent fruitiness. A real find at any price and more so at just ?4.95 a bottle.
Portugal is undoubtedly the rising star of Europe, producing wonderfully rich and exciting reds from fascinating and delicious local grape varieties. The prices, however, stay low because they are still relatively unknown in the UK. The Port house Quinta do Portal, where this wine comes from is one of a handful of properties at the forefront of the country's winemaking revolution, guided by internationally acclaimed winemaker Pascal Chatonnet. Indulge your sinful side this Winter with Peccatore - either on its own or with any hearty dish. Just one of the gems from the Telegraph Wine Service.
Just ?59.40 per case of 12 (plus ?5.95 P&P) was ?66