Lagoalva Branco, Rosé and Tinto are a collection of good value well-made wines; the white is much fresher than many Portuguese equivalents, the rosé is fruity and friendly, and the red has a juicy ripeness with a touch of oak spice. The estate also makes, unusually for this area, a pure Alfrocheiro which we have championed since we began working together in 1999. This is a native grape to Dão, but it seems to work well in these sandy soils. The excellent 2011 has just arrived. Last year we also added Lagoalva’s Touriga Nacional/Syrah, a 50:50 blend, another example of the fruity and accessible wines that are made so well by the Lagoalva Estate. Sweet berry and floral aromatics, framed by supple, ripe tannins from 10 months ageing in French oak barriques. We also have a very good olive oil from Lagoalva. Round and fruity with a peppery finish, it’s cold-pressed and unfiltered, produced from two Tuscan varieties which were planted several generations ago when an Italian bride married into the family.