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Quinta do Centro, Duas Pedras

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Region: Alentejo
Vintage: 2014
Grape Varieties:
Touriga Nacional 60% Syrah 38% Viognier 2% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 14%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

Offer Price €16.95

Offer Price €14.95

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
This is the first wine from Richard Mayson's own estate in the north of the Alentejo region, south of the river Tagus (the name means ‘Two Stones’). Most of the Alentejo is a vast rolling plain, but Quinta do Centro is situated close to the Spanish border at an altitude of 600m on schist and granite soils. Richard describes this as “an accidental wine”, made as it is from 60% Touriga Nacional and 38% Syrah, with 2% of Viognier thrown in. He had an instinct that the Syrah grape was right for the soil and altitude of the region, and planted it in 2006, after acquiring the property in 2005. It happened to be planted next to the Touriga Nacional, so he “threw the two grapes into the vat together”. The spicy structure of the Syrah served to “calm down” the floral and aromatic character of the Touriga Nacional, and the resulting wine, handled with minimal oak and bottled young, is rich, soft and fruit-driven. It may not be made entirely from indigenous varietals, but “it works”!

The Domaine
Quinta do Centro is located at Reguengo on the slopes Serra de São Mamede at 500 – 560 metres above sea level. Within 5km of the property the serra rises to over 1,000 metres above sea level, making this the highest point in southern Portugal. To use a Portuguese phrase, Quinta do Centro is on the meia encosta, (‘half-way up the slope’), where it is considered that the best wines are generally produced. The property lies on the edge of the São Mamede Natural Park. The Portalegre sub-region (a DOC in its own right) is quite different form the rest of the Alentejo with a terroir all of its own. The soils are schist and granite, with granite predominating at Quinta do Centro. The property spans a shallow valley and the soils are poor, full of rock and generally well drained. Annual average rainfall, which is below 400mm in much of the Alentejo, is in excess of 600mm in Portalegre.

"Very moreish wine that would go well with roast meats." John Wilson, The Irish Times
"…red, dark, rich and intense with dense, stony tannins, real mountain wine."Charles Metcalfe in The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal
'Some austerity hiding sweet toast, red fruit, light resin, tar. Voluninous and full, good extraction, fresh acidity, firm tannins, very long with spicy notes." 17 Points Revista de Vinhos, Portugal

Food Pairing
Ideal with hearty stews and roasted joints. Also excellent with game.

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