Pronounciation: Bastardo (Portuguese) – [http://catas.opaz.net/pronCVS/bastardoCVS.mp3]
Synonyms: France – Trousseau or Tressot and in Australia – Cabernet Gros
Bastardo is a red grape used in Portuguese wines. Often blended into port wines it is less robust than other grapes such as Touriga Nacional. In the Alentejo region of southern Portugal you can find varietal wines of Bastardo and at the same time quite often you will see it in blends. It tends to be at it’s best when blend into richer dessert style wines.
It’s flavors tend to be strong with a dark color to the wine made from it. Flavors can be gamey at times, though most notably minerals and dark fruit flavors are it’s hallmarks. On the vine it is a late started and therefore avoids spring frosts, though it’s yeilds tend to be irregular overall.
Search here for tasting notes from wines made with Bastardo: Bastardo Wine Tasting Notes