Country: Portugal Region: Dao
Varietal: Touriga Nacional
Colour: Red Style: Dry
Quinta dos Carvalhais is a beautiful estate in the Terras de Senhorim sub-region of the Dão and is one of the region's most respected producers. Purchased in 1988 by the Guedes family, a huge amount of investment has gone into the estate, which combines the most up-to-date viticultural and winemaking techniques with age-old traditions, resulting in unique wines with great elegance and personality. In addition to investing in their own vineyards, Quinta dos Carvalhais has also been instrumental in defending the interests of local winegrowers and for pioneering the quality revolution in the Dão region. The talented Beatriz Cabral de Almeida is head winemaker and makes a very impressive range of single-varietal wines and interesting blends from the estate vineyards.
Touriga Nacional is perhaps more famous as a grape destined for Port, however it originated in the Dão and this is arguably where the best examples are to be found. In this region, it produces an intensely perfumed wine of surprising elegance and balance. Ruby-red in colour with intense aromas of ripe red and black fruit, with floral and herbal notes and subtle oaky flavours from time in barrel. Elegant and balanced, with smooth tannins providing structure, the aromatic quality persists through to a long finish.
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