Indicative blend: Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz
(Approx, ex-tax, all vintages)
Tinta Roriz (Aragonez) – Touriga is a Portuguese red-wine blend responsible for some of the more dynamic, modern red-wine styles to have emerged from southern Portugal over the past decade.
To clarify the nomenclature used here, 'Aragonez' is the name used in Alentejo for the Tempranillo grape variety, although it also goes by Arinto Tinto, Tinta de Santiago and Tinta Aragoneza in southern Portugal and Tinta Roriz in northern Portugal. 'Touriga' here denotes any combination of Touriga Nacional and/or Touriga Franca.< ... more
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