There's always a story behind the label and in the case of this superb Portuguese red, the story lives up to the design. The dog you can see on the front of the bottle is Pingo, the wine-maker's dog, and the story goes that one day he was digging in an unused area of the vineyard ad made a very exciting discovery. The area in question had been ignored by J. P. Ramos because an initial inspection of the soil had shown it to be inferior.Read More
However, Pingo - obviously not satisfied with the exploration - dug deeper, revealing that the innocuous top soil was hiding some rich, nutrient filled earth that is perfect for grape cultivation. The resulting wine is rich and full of flavour, worthy of bearing this smart dog's image - I'm sure you'll agree.
You've probably noticed that this wine is a blend of Syrah and Trincadeira, the latter of which you will be forgiven for not having heard of. It is also known as Tinta Amarela and is often used as part of the blend for Port. Crucially it thrives in a dry hot climate, making the Alentejo region, where Smart Dog is made, perfect for it's cultivation.