The 2021 is giving everything that we love about the previous vintages of Vai Nua. Perfectly ripe fresh cherries, floral tones of cherry blossom, peonies and rose petal, bergamot, the smallest kiss of tar and a palate that has that lifted, liquid silk-like feel and such energy. Each sip is utter joy. FYI - A Touriga Vai Nua means "Touriga goes naked" - it's unoaked, and glorious for it!
There can be few more bold and enterprising wine industry personalities in the world than Antonio Maçanita. This former international gymnast and rugby player is now making groundbreaking wines across Portugal, from the Douro, to Alentejo to the Azores. If you've watched the recent third series of The Wine Show (available on Amazon Prime), you'll have caught Antonio talking of his winemaking projects on the wild and windswept Azores. For us, his wines from his homeland, the Alentejo, are the very best of them all.