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Another rare Portuguese varietal gem: Jampal

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Monday’s post focused on perhaps the world’s only single varietal Fonte Cal.  Today brings another world exclusive Portuguese gem in the shape of Manz Fatima Jampal, Jampal being the grape variety.  It is grown on the hills of Cheleiros, Mafra.

Manz Dona Fátima Jampal 2012 (Lisboa)

Julia Harding selected the 2011 vintage for her 50 Great Portuguese Wines and, re-tasting the 2012 six months on I think it’s a very worthy follow up success with its very pure, crunchy acidity and delicate honeydew melon and naschi pear fruit.  A textural finish reflects six months’ batonnage in seasoned French oak, the latter bringing subtle vanillin spice, poise and focus.  Very good. 13%

Portugal has more than one winemaker called Rita Marques, this one the assistant winemaker at Manz

Portugal has more than one winemaker called Rita Marques, this one the assistant winemaker at Manz

Manz Pomar do Espirito Santo 2011 (Lisboa)

This juicy, smoky red is perfect barbecue fodder.  Vibrant  red and black fruit is layered with garrigue, woodsmoke and chocolate notes.   Smooth-grained tannins bring nice fluidity as does its juicy acidity.  It’s a blend of 60% Aragones, 20% Touriga Nacional & 20% Castelão, like the Jampal grown on clay-limestone soils.  It was aged in French and American oak for 12 months and bottle aged for 6 months before release.  13.5%

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