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Quinta do Centro,Pedra e Alma

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Region: Alentejo
Vintage: 2013
Grape Varieties:
Trincadeira 29% Arragonez 29% Alicante Bouschet 29% Grand Noir 13% Colour: Red Wine
Alcohol Level: 13.5%
Production Style: Conventional
Closure: Natural Cork

Availability: In stock

€29.50

Bottle Size: 750ml bottle
Wine Comments
2009 is the first vintage for this wine, which translates as ‘Stone and Soul’. It is made from grapes from 30 year old vines, mostly batch-planted in the late 1980s: Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, Grand Noir and Aragonés, plus some unidentified grapes, comprise a traditional Portuguese ‘mix’.Only produced in the best years, it is fermented in traditional open-top fermenters and plunged with monkey sticks, then spends 18 months in French oak with varying levels of toast. It is a robust, complex wine, redolent of concentrated older vine fruit with a touch of raw oak that will soften and become more integrated with bottle age. It is a wine built to last, with a powerful tannin structure and huge concentration - chosen by Julia Harding MW as one of the 50 Best Portuguese Wines this year.

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.

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

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

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