Wine of the Week: Dão

Torre da Ferro Dão DOC Reserva 2013
€7.99, Lidl

The reason I often wine-hunt in Lidl is because they seem to change their wine range a lot more frequently than other supermarkets, and they often come up with some nice surprises as part of their spotlight on a particular region’s cuisine. And of course, I’m all about the buzz of the bottle-shaped budget buy. Like any supermarket, Lidl are hit-and-miss, but this Portuguese Dão wine is right on target with full, fruity flavour and a €7.99 price tag. 

This approachable wine is is a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tempranillo grapes. It has an earthy character, along with the typical fruity plum and cherry flavours. It has pretty good acidity and firm tannins, but it is ideal for drinking right now. It would make a great choice to bring along to a dinner party; it pairs well with a wide range of food, and is neither too dry nor overly fruity — I think it would please most palates. 

The Dão region is located in the heart of Portugal. The red wines from this area are a great option if you are looking for a full-bodied wine with lots of character. This wine region is still relatively up-and-coming in terms of reputation, so it is definitely a place to look to for great value. The red wines come from a number of different grapes including Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tempranillo, Jaen, Baga, Bastardo and Tinta Pinheira. The region is surrounded by mountains, which offer some protection from the elements, and the elevation means that the resulting wine will usually have good acidity and character (a combination of hot days and cool nights). The wines are (in my experience) rarely profound, but often delicious, balanced, and food friendly. 

The Dao wine region of Portugal.

The Dao wine region of Portugal.