The Bin Series was created in order to give The Wine Society a platform upon which to show wines they feel deserve the spotlight. They were very keen to send me a sample of their latest Bin Series release and, quite aside from its Portugal origins, I can see why. It’s a fine example of a favourite grape – Encruzado from the Dão, “pure, unadorned (unoaked),” as buyer Jo Locke MW points out.
Bin #007 is made by Carlos Lucas of Magnum Wines, who showed me the novel stainless steel vat in which it’s made in 2017, when I visited his winery in Carregal do Sal – both pictured. Very Wizard of Oz!
Bin #007 Carlos Lucas Encruzado 2019 (DOC Dão)
Vignerons in Bairrada, next door, are raving about the 2019 vintage for whites and it would seem that the Dão benefited too. Gently nutty and citrussy, with grapefruit and lemon pith and peel, which gives it subtle fruit driven, not lees or wood-driven texture – a purity that reflects the quality of the fruit and terroir (it hails from a vineyard at 370 metres on granite, with schist outcrops. Very well made, it has impeccable balance and flow, making for a harmonious delivery with crystalline, well integrated acidity and a touch of fennel salt to the finish. A great buy at £11.50 from The Wine Society anda fine match with roast sea bass, with capers and lemon butter dressing. Already out of stock – one to watch out for if they re-list it. 13.5%