I think I must be subconsciously saving up for Christmas splurges, as here’s the third wine review in a row where a bottle costs under a fiver.
Sainsbury’s Portuguese Red is a really juicy, fruity little number. It’s light (alcohol level 12.5%), easy drinking and fresh. Mentally I’ve placed it in my Beaujolais bracket. Of course there’s no Gamay. Instead, it’s made from three native grapes: Baga, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca.
It smells fruity – red berries and a slight whiff of banana too. It tastes of crushed strawberries and plums. Any tannins are barely detectable and it has refreshing but not over-the-top acidity. My co-tipplers thought it was yummy and moreish.
Just a quick aside on packaging…The picture of the label (left) shows its current form – but like many of Sainsbury’s wines it is about to get a smart makeover. I also noticed that across their own brand range they have a useful sort of stylistic shorthand on the wine closure. This wine is “light and fruity”; a Rioja was described as “smooth and mellow.”
This wine would be very drinkable on its own, it doesn’t need food. As we’re almost getting seasonal I could see it working with Boxing Day cold meats.
Sainsbury’s Portuguese Red NV costs £4.99
W.O.W. Factor 6.5