Fabulous and powerful wine made by wine writer Richard Mayson. He is a well known contributor with Decanter Magazine and wrote five books on Portuguese wines. This wine is from Alentejo at an altitude of 500m. Pedra Basta (meaning ‘enough stone’) is a blend of Trincadeira, Aragones, Alicante Bouschet and Cabernet Sauvignon planted 15 years ago. An inviting plum and fig nose this is a delicious, ripe full-flavoured wine. A rich full and round palate of great balance, displaying rich Alentejo berry fruit characters, with integrated oak tannins and a great length of finish. Aged 12 months in French oak.
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. Press
"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
Ideal with hearty stews and roasted joints. Also excellent with game.