This grape grows in small clusters
of medium sized berries with thick skins. It is a poorer producer
in terms of overall crop size than the other key 'Port' grapes except
for Touriga Nacional. It produces wines that are lower in
alcohol and have less structure than the other 'Port' grapes.
It is used as a blending agent to add floral characteristics to
the nose and fruitiness to the taste. It is the least planted
of the key 'Port' varieties but is increasing in its popularity.