Fonte do Beco 2017, Penínsulade Setúbal

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Another winning Portuguese red wine from master winemaker José Neiva Correia. Here he turns his attention to the Castelão grape variety, one of the most widely planted in Portugal.

Think Barbera from Italy or full-bodied Rioja and you'll be on the right track. It's already a dark-skinned grape variety, but with a 30-day period of cap plunging, this red wine is extra dark in colour and super intense on the palate too.

There's a light, three-month oak ageing to give that oak-spice-cassis element José is looking for.

Portuguese red wines are among our best-selling bottles. We think you'll enjoy this latest addition.

Portugal's red wines make the most of local grape varieties, turning out stunning red wines that are terrific value. This Castelão wine joins the ranks, bringing ripe forest fruit aromas and rich, rounded flavours.
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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Peninsula de Setubal

Grape Variety

Castelão

Country

Portugal

Style

Full-Bodied Red

Vintage

2017

Food Match

ArrayBBQ, Beef, Cheese (Strong)

Vegan

Vegan

£6.99
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The Producer

Founded by winemaking legend José Neiva Correia in 1998, DJF Vinhos is located in the Lisboa region which stretches north along the coast from the capital Lisbon. A simple philosophy with an ambitious aim: to transform the rich and diverse Portuguese varieties into top quality wines that are accessible to all. Quality and value for money are key, and the estate even buys in used oak barrels and employ two coopers to take them apart and strip them back to the new wood – as good as new for a fraction of the price! DJF is not short of fans, with more awards than any other Portuguese producer of the last 20 years, including red wine of the year at the IWC and twice Portuguese Winery of the Year in the New York Wine Competition since 2012.
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The Winemaker

José’s winemaking CV is as impressive as the wines themselves. With both his mothers and fathers' families involved in winemaking, José and his seven brothers and sisters grew up on the Quinta de Porto Francos estate, now part of the DJF estate and one of the oldest in the region. With nearly 40 years’ experience in winemaking under his belt, José honed his skills at co-operative wineries and as a consultant to independent producers all over Europe.

In the words of Tim Atkin MW: “José deserves great credit for his contribution to the transformation of Portuguese wine. He is equally adept at making top-end wines as he is producing inexpensive mass market blends, using international and local grapes with considerable skill. The Portuguese wine revolution wouldn't have happened without him.“

The Region

Sunshine is not in short supply in this picturesque region of rolling hills, yet cooling Atlantic breezes allow for a long, slow ripening period for the grapes which lends a fresh, elegant touch to the wines. A total of seventeen grape varieties are grown across a wide area with white varieties are planted in cooler vineyards nearer the ocean, red varieties in warmer vineyards further inland. Extensive research is always on the cards, and José is credited with the introduction of several new varietals to the region including Albarino, Pinot Noir and more recently Dornfelder.
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Portuguese Salt Cod

The robust flavour of salt cod with spicy piri piri can stand up to a red wine, so no need to match this white fish with a white wine on this occasion - try a fruity, balanced red with soft tannins to stand up to the rich fish and vibrant seasoning.
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Mexican Pizza

Arriba! Something a little spicy to pair with your wine – a fresh white or spicy red will go perfectly. A generous Portuguese red from the Douro will work well.
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Bobotie

A traditional South African dish of spiced mince and a creamy egg-based topping matches well with rich, spiced reds such as Syrah or Portuguese wines like this smooth Castelão.
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