Clay amphoras were to the ancient Greeks what the oak barrel is to winemakers today. A vessel for storing and ageing wine. Portugal is leading the new wave of reintroducing the amphora as their winemakers like how it invites an earthiness into the wine – giving it another dimension. Amphoras were the ‘big thing’, literally, when Kato and I visited the Alentejo region last Spring so it’s exciting to see one of our favourite amphora wines at the LCBO.
Sousa’s wine has the classic structure, and special feeling of an expensive Bordeaux. Suggesting red meat dinners – BBQ now, or winter fireside. Expect a slight earthiness from the amphora. This is a must-have for those who enjoy somewhat serious reds – for drinking now, or a few years down the road.
JOSE DE SOUSA 16 Alentejo, Portugal 494153 Vintages $17.95