JMF Quinta de Camarate red 2009 Regional Setubal Peninsula
Grapes - Touriga Nacional (48%), Aragonez/Tempranillo (25%), Cabernet Sauvigon (16%) and Castelão (11%).
Appearance - clear and bright, with a medium intensity ruby colour with purple hinges. A small rim slightly clearer and a medium level of visible tears.
Nose - a clean and youthful nose with medium intensity aromatics of fresh black fruits resembling black cheery and some black currant, some intense fresh notes of undergrowth like forest floor and herbal notes of eucalyptus, just a trace of capsicum and some floral hints of violets.
Palate - dry with medium plus lively acidity, which is tone with the whole, medium plus tannin level, very sinewy in character and grippy in texture, a medium alcohol level and a medium minus body. Palate has a medium flavour intensity dominated by the notes of black currant, a and herbaceous notes, also lots of mineral earthy feel and some notes of dried fruits like prune. The finish is showing lots of pungent spice notes, resembling juniper and black pepper, and an animal sanguine hint. Medium length.
Conclusions (15,75/20) - good quality, shows clearly it's Atlantic proximity with very fresh fruit and sinewy, grippy tannins. Very present the earthy and herbaceous notes of the local grape Castelāo and the blend is full of spiciness. Light body but structured, this is a wine that will be enjoyed better with food and it will never tire your palate with its refreshing level of acidity. Fairly complex, I would like to see a little more fruit concentration to better balance its rustic character. There's some oaky presence on the finish line that will need some time to mellow. To drink now pair it with meaty, game, spicy dishes or try to keep it 3 or 4 years to see if it gets more harmonious.