In a nutshell: A medium-bodied, fresh and fruity red from the Dão region of northern Portugal.
The lowdown: Made from a blend of native Portuguese varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz under the watchful eye of winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida at Quinta dos Carvalhais. The wine has young and intense aromas of strawberries, blackberries and cherries and with the rounded tannins and lively acidity it all holds together really well.
When to drink: A highly quaffable red that's very appealing and goes well by itself or with a wide range of meaty foods.
The Quinta dos Carvalhais is a beautiful property near the village of Mangualde in the Dão region of northern Portugal with its vineyards dedicated to regional grape varieties. The estate combines extensive experience of traditional winemaking practices with the most up-to-date techniques, creating wines of great elegance and a unique personality. In total the estate extends to 105 hectares of which 50 are under vine and sit at an altitude of between 450 and 600 metres above sea level. Since 1988 the estate has been a part of the Sogrape Group, one of Portugal's biggest wine businesses. Today, winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an increasingly impressive range of wines from the estate vineyards.
It has also been instrumental in defending the interests and living conditions of many small winegrowers who deliver their grapes there. In addition Quinta dos Carvalhais use grapes grown in their own vineyards to ensure the quality of the wines live up to the tradition and reputation of the Dão region.