Try not to overlook or underestimate Portuguese wine. These two beauties were bought in Sweeneys off licence in Glasnevin. Priced at €16/15.
Lasso: from Lisboa. Touriga Nacional is the grape variety. Appropriate orange like fruit aromas for the season. Some floral and herbaceous notes underneath. Light bodied with red fruits and spice on the palate. Incredibly smooth with great acidity. Be careful to not drink too fast. (Goes down very easy!) Savour and enjoy.
Sobro: From Alentejo. Arogonez, Alicante Bouschet, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon are the grape varieties. Aged in french and american oak for 3 months, cedar and spice on the palate match with big black fruit. Full bodied with firm tannins. Great with food but be careful not to overpower the wine. Quite the little star by itself.