This Portuguese’s A Good One In Latest Supervalu Offers
Paço das Côrtes Friendship FADO Reserva (Vinho Regional Lisbon) 2018, 13.5%, €10.00 (21/1 to 10/2), was €13.76.
There’s a promise on the label: Every sensation will be more intense.
The aromas certainly are intense, ripe red fruits plus a note or two of balsamic. And so it continues on the palate. Fruit is forward, welcomed by the eager taste buds, spice (perhaps from the Shiraz), smooth and warm as it makes its way to the persistent finish. A very pleasing wine and one that I always enjoy. Great value too by the way, especially during the offer period.
The blend of Tinta Roriz (40%), Alicante Bouschet (30), and Syrah (30) has been aged in oak for 4 months. Pairings suggested are Steak, red meat and cheese. Serve at 16 degrees.
They say: In cooperation with one of the most prestigious Portuguese Enologist, António Ventura (The Enologist of the Year 2006 and 2013), we have managed to create fine wines, with a modern style and excellent quality price relationship.
So, nice and satisfying with approachable ripe fruit, this ticks a lot of boxes and well worth looking out for on the SuperValu shelves. And, with that spectacular (trade-marked) label you should find it easily enough!
Where did the name come from? Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés and restaurants. It is often profoundly melancholic, a European form of the blues.
Still, Fado and friends and a bottle of good wine make for a great night out. The colourful label shows a couple sharing a bottle of wine while listening to a Fado performer, perhaps singing of lost love or exile (there is a caravel sailing away in the distance), subjects familiar to an Irish audience.
If you're feeling flush, the Lady De Mour Margaux is tempting, now at €25 (was 34.43). I enjoyed this last month. Super-smooth fruit, elegant palate, terrific body and texture, with an impressive finalé. Impressive all round actually.
There's another favourite of mine in the reduced list also and that's the Abellio Albarino at ten euro (was 13.76). The Spanish white, with its excellent aromas and flavours, is a terrific seafood wine.
On January 21st, Supervalu have a selection of 6 wines on offer at Better than Half Price: Canto Novo Pinot Grigio, Alterra Special Reserve Chardonnay, Alterra Special Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, Willow Hill Chardonnay, Willow Hill Cabernet Sauvignon, and Gran Troya Cava Brut. That Cava could be a handy one for Valentine's, Night or Day!
NUGAN ESTATE ALFREDO DRIED GRAPE SHIRAZ takes over as Wine of the Month and is on offer at €12 (was €15.73). This wine is made from partially dried grapes which give more flavour, more concentrated aromas. “Plenty of oak, full flavour, acidity, juiciness, long finish, good balance, high in alcohol but no heat.” Great with cured meats, big steaks or your favourite pizza.
Offers from 21/1 to 10/2