Quinta dos Carvalhais, Dão Colheita Tinto, 2019
Region: Dão, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 48% Touriga Nacional 36% Alfrocheiro 10% Tinta Roriz 6% Jaen Tinto
Notes: Vegetarian, Sustainable
Ruby red in colour. On the nose this wine boasts aromas of blackberry and plum coupled with floral hints of violet and a subtle spiciness. On the palate, velvety tannins create a smooth mouth feel and a vibrant acidity carries the juicy fruit flavours onto the elegant finish.
Quinta dos Carvalhais is located in the Terras de Senhorim sub-region, in the heart of the Dão. The 105-hectare estate, with 50 hectares under vine, was purchased by the Guedes family in 1988. They invested a huge amount into improvements in both the vineyards and the winery – and are credited with spearheading the quality renaissance of wines from the Dão in the early ‘90s. Following decades of state control and a co-operative monopoly in the region that favoured quantity over quality, they replanted the region’s indigenous grape varieties, such as Touriga Nacional and Encruzado, and saved them from near extinction.