ADEGA MÃE DORY RESERVA RED 2013

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Grape variety– 39% Touriga Nacional, 27% Merlot, 18% Cabernet Sauvignon, 16% Petit Verdot

Vintage –2013

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– limestone

Tasting notes− opaque in colour. Very complex aroma with notes of violets, black fruits, tobacco, and spices. Very full in the mouth, bulky and very persistent finish

Winemaking− manual harvest for boxes of 18 kg. Total de-stemming. Two days of pre-fermenting maceration. Fermentation at controlled temperature for 15 days

Ageing− 12 months in American and French oak barrels

Alcohol– 14,5%

Total acidity– 5,34 g/l

pH– 3,66

Wine pairing– ideal with red meats, roasted and game dishes

Awards/Reviews – the gold medal on “Concurso de Vinhos de Lisboa 2017”!; the gold medal on “Concurso de Vinhos de Lisboa 2016”; “The Wine Enthusiast Magazine” gave 93 points; the gold medal on “Bacchus Concurso Internacional de Vinos Madrid 2013” (2010); the gold medal on “AWC Vienna 2014”; the silver medal on “Mundus Vini” in 2013 and 2014; the bronze medal by Decanter World Wine Awards 2013 (2010); the bronze medal on “International Wine Challenge 2013” (2010); “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 17 points (0-20) [vintage of 2011]

Quote – “A blend of the best grapes from the vintage, this is a powerful, oak-aged wine. Concentrated, rich and still showing signs of vanilla from the wood, it slowly reveals its great black fruits and acidity. With firm tannins at the end, the wine will need more time. Drink from 2019” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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ADEGA MÃE DORY RESERVA WHITE 2014

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Grape variety– 56% Viosinho, 29% Alvarinho, 15% Chardonnay

Vintage –2014

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– limestone

Tasting notes− citrus yellow colour. The nose boasts a lifting mix of stone fruits, pears, and honey. Elegantly framed by well-rounded barrel, this wine renders an intense, mineral finish

Winemaking−  de-stemmed, lightly pressed, coldly settled, fermentation in 400L French oak barrels. “Batonnage” for 9 months

Ageing− 9 months in French oak barrels

Alcohol– 12,5%

Total acidity– 7,8 g/l

Wine pairing– goes well with soft cheeses, roasted cod and other roasted fatty fishes

Awards/Reviews – several influential critics have rated this Lisboa wine highly: “The Wine Enthusiast” gave the 2014 vintage a score of 92. This wine has won many prizes: the 2012 vintage was awarded the silver medal from the “Mundus Vini”, and the 2013 vintage was awarded the bronze from the “International Wine Challenge”

Quote – “This is a smooth creamy blend of Viosinho, Alvarinho and Chardonnay. It is delicately poised, just hinting at vanilla while really emphasizing the crisp, clean and refreshing fruits. Acidity and a final orange zest flavour give it a refreshing aftertaste” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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DAMASCENO RESERVA RED 2013

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Grape variety– 60% Touriga Nacional and 40% Syrah

Vintage –2013

Region –  Península de Setúbal

Denomination – Península de Setúbal

Type of soil – sandy

Tasting notes it's a wine of intense garnet colour and complex aroma, which perfectly integrates wild berries and plum flavours with spices and vanilla notes

Winemaking − 48h maceration at low temperature, followed by fermentation at controlled temperature

Ageing − partial ageing in French oak barrels for 12 months

Alcohol – 14,5%

Wine pairing− perfect matching with cured meats like prosciutto, spicy red meat and intense chocolate desserts

Awards/Reviews – “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 16 points (0-20) [vintage of 2010]; “Decanter World Wine Awards 2011” - recommended; “Decanter World Wine Awards 2008” - recommended

Quote – “Wine enthusiasts and critics already know the effect of the word “Alentejo” when it comes to wines. They’re known for their quality, centuries-old tradition and peculiarity. We’re showcasing some of them to you today from one distinct brand: Damasceno. That being said, today we bring you a few wines from a sub-brand, a red and a white Nocturno from 2013, all at a great price of 5€. With its own brand come the Demasceno white from 2013 and the red from 2014, wines that have proven themselves to be unique and very intense in flavour. Damasceno’s Reserve Red from the year 2010 is also a wine we suggest you try, having been awarded some points and accolades by several different wine critics. It’s just under 17€, so you should jump on the opportunity to try it” (www.portugalvineyards.com) [about vintage of 2010]

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DIVAI RESERVA RED 2013

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Grape variety – Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonêz

Vintage – 2013

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – granitic / schist nature

Tasting notes − these wine vinification results are mixtures of intense maceration and stage for 12 months in French oak barrels. From the Alentejo regional varieties Alicante Bouschet, Touriga Nacional and Aragonês present with a complex and lush aroma with notes of chocolate and spice. The palate is full-bodied and elegant with a good structure of soft tannins which guarantee you a perfect evolution in bottle. Dark garnet in living colour. Black berries aroma, complemented with a complex spicy chocolate aroma. Full-bodied and elegant with a good tannin structure, refreshing acidity which allows a good outcome.

Winemaking − de-stemmed with the gentle crushing of the grapes. Pre-fermentation cold maceration (12ºC). Fermentation with temperature control (14ºC and 16ºC)

Ageing – 12 months in French oak barrels 1st and 2nd use

Alcohol – 14,5%

Total acidity – 5,70 g/l

pH – 3,62

Awards/Reviews – the DIVAI RED RESERVE has been present in major international competitions, and it is an honor to inform that, to date, it won the Best Value Silver Medal in the CWSA Hong Kong & China tasting and the bronze medal in the “International Wine Challenge” in England

Quote – “Ideal with more elaborate meat dishes and spicy as baked in the oven, game animal dishes, dishes of traditional Portuguese cuisine” (LUÍS DUARTE, winemaker)

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Do you need to pay a lot for good wine? Quinta do Monte d’Orio will let you know (updated in January 2019)

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In today's article, I want to share my opinion about the question: Does one outstanding wine really cost that much?

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HERDADE ESPIRRA RESERVA RED 2013

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Grape variety – 100% Castelão (single grape)

Vintage – 2013

Region – Península de Setúbal

Denomination – D.O. Palmela

Type of soil – sandy

Tasting notes − with a complex flavour and aroma mixture of black berries, sweet jams, and spices. Light notes of tobacco and chocolate from the wood barrels. Full with noticeable tannins and an elegant aftertaste

Winemaking − the handed harvested grapes are crushed by trampling them barefoot in the estate's tanks. A latter complete fermentation on the winery cellar vats

Ageing – 24 months maturation in new French oak barrels of 225L and another 12 months in bottle

Alcohol – 13,5%

Total acidity – 5,5 g/l

pH – 3,70

Wine pairing – ideal with grilled meats, lamb, goat meat, turkey, goose, roast beef or any cheeses of goat and sheep with very intensive flavour

Awards/Reviews – the gold medal on “The Wine Masters Challenge 2017” in Estoril, Portugal; the silver medal on “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2017” (vintage 2013); “Concours International de Lyon 2015” - the silver medal (vintage 2011); “Wine Masters Challenge 2015” - the silver medal (vintage 2011); “Decanter World Wine Awards 2013”: recommended; “International Wine Challenge 2013”: recommended; “Challenge International du Vin 2012”: the bronze medal; “Decanter World Wine Awards 2012”: the bronze medal; “International Wine Challenge 2012”: recommended; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 16 points (0-20) [vintage of 2008]

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HERDADE PERDIGÃO RESERVA RED 2014

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Grape variety – 80% Trincadeira, 15% Aragonêz and 5% Cabernet Sauvignon

Vintage – 2014

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – limestone (the limestone factor will provide to the wine a specific flavour: spicy, red berries, black currants, plums, dry grapes and mineral)

Tasting notes − garnet with light brown tones. The wine has the aroma of dark chocolate and spices with notes of toast. Complex taste, firm tannins. Good acidity with long persistence

Winemaking − after sorting, the fully stalked clusters fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control for, approximately, 10 days

Ageing – in French oak barrels (100% new) for 12 months

Alcohol – 14,5%

Total acidity – 5,8 g/l

pH – 3,56

Total sugar – 0,5 g/l

Wine pairing – baked lamb or game

Awards/Reviews – the silver medal assigned on “Grand International Wines Award MUNDUS VINI 2017” in Germany; the silver medal on “Bucharest International Wine Contest 2017”; vintage of 2014 received 93 points as the finalist of “ULTIMATE WINE CHALLENGE” by Ultimate Beverage Challenge in New York, USA; “Prémia de Exelência” – 18,5 points in “Revista de Vinhos”; vintage 2012 was awarded the silver medal on the “International Wine Challenge 2016”; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 17 points (0-20) [vintage of 2011]

Quote – “Still young and closed up, this wine is all about the future. It has rich fruits contrasted with ripe acidity and is given a push by the wood-ageing flavour. It will need some time, so don't drink this generous wine until 2017” - about vintage of 2011 (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

Quote – “A silky and complex, classic old world wine. Ripe enough to compete with a Californian wine but with plenty of earthiness to set itself aside. Dried sour cherries, cassis, baked plum balanced by a dried dill, cinnamon spice and toasted coconut” - about vintage of 2015 (Ultimate Wine Challenge 2017, USA)

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HERDADE PERDIGÃO RESERVA WHITE 2014

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Grape variety – 100% Antão Vaz (single grape)

Vintage – 2014

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – limestone (the limestone factor will provide to the wine a unique flavour: spicy, red berries, black currants, plums, dry grapes and mineral)

Tasting notes − golden yellow colour, aroma of tropical fruit with well-integrated oak. Expressive and elegant. Fresh and subtle textures. Good acidity. Vibrant character

Winemaking − after sorting, the fully stalked clusters fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control for, approximately, 20 days

Ageing – in French oak barrels with “battonage” for 6 months

Alcohol – 14%

Total acidity – 5,0 g/l

pH – 3,3

Total sugar – 2,6 g/l

Wine pairing – ideal with confit cod on coriander risotto

Awards/Reviews – the silver medal assigned on “Grand International Wines Award MUNDUS VINI 2017” in Germany; “Herdade Perdigão Reserva White 2015” was awarded the gold medal and distinguished as the “Best Alentejo white wine”; vintage 2015 was recommended on the “International Wine Challenge”; “Clube Vinhos Portugueses – Jorge Cipriano” rating: 90 points (0-100) [vintage of 2015]

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I warmly welcome all! A brief overview of the history of Portuguese wine including Portugal's prestige grapevine, the Touriga Nacional (updated in January 2019)

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It's a real pleasure to inform you that my site has just been improved and modernized. I hope that what I offer you and what I will write about from time-to-time will be helpful and enhance your knowledge of Portuguese wines. I want to share my passion for Portugal and its wines with you. For this reason, I will describe the wines and Portuguese grape varieties. I will show you how to pair it with food (i.e. wine pairing). I will share news from the Portuguese wine industry, introduce all my business partners from Portugal, including their wineries, and inform you of interesting events. All of this will help you to choose and enjoy my Portuguese wines, which are best when shared with family and friends in the celebration of life. I'm confident that these extraordinary wines from remarkable wineries will exceed your expectations!

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Intensywne lato w Portugalii

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Ostatnie miesiące były bardzo napięte i emocjonujące. Przede wszystkim wdrażam kilka istotnych zmian i ulepszeń na swojej stronie firmowej, dzięki czemu dostęp do oferowanych przeze mnie portugalskich win stanie się jeszcze wygodniejszy, a asortyment większy i jednocześnie bardziej dystyngowany. 

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MANZWINE POMAR DO ESPÍRITO SANTO RESERVA RED 2012

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Grape variety– 50% Aragonêz, 30% Touriga Nacional and 20% Castelão

Vintage – 2012

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– clay-limestone

Tasting notes− awesome red wine, made with the Portuguese Touriga Nacional, Aragonêz and Castelão grape varieties. Ruby red colour. Delicate and complex. The elegant fruity aroma of black currants is coupled smoothly with spicy aromas that add aromatic complexity. Good acidity gives freshness and induces longevity. A long, persistent finish

Winemaking− the grapes were de-stemmed, followed by fermentation for 8 days in stainless steel vats at the controlled temperature. Pre-fermentation maceration

Ageing – stage 12 months in French oak barrels with American oak top

Alcohol– 14%

Wine pairing− recommended for pairing with cheeses and meat dishes, in general, especially baked

Awards/Reviews− the silver medal on “Wines of Portugal Challenge 2015”; the bronze medal by “Decanter World Wine Awards 2015”

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MANZWINE POMAR DO ESPÍRITO SANTO RESERVA RED 2013

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Limited edition of 18500 bottles

Grape variety– Aragonêz, Touriga Nacional and Castelão

Vintage – 2013

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– clay-limestone

Tasting notes − impressive red wine, made with the Portuguese Touriga Nacional, Aragonêz and Castelão grape varieties. Ruby red colour. Delicate and complex. The elegant fruity aroma of blackcurrant is coupled smoothly with spicy aromas that add aromatic complexity. Good acidity gives freshness and induces longevity

Winemaking− the grapes were de-stemmed, followed by fermentation for 8 days in stainless steel vats at the controlled temperature. Pre-fermentation maceration

Ageing– stage 12 months in French oak barrels with American oak top

Alcohol – 14%

Wine pairing− recommended for pairing with cheeses and meat dishes, in general, especially baked

Awards/Reviews− won the title of “Best European Wine” on EXPOVINIS in São Paulo in June 2017; 92 points in “The Wine Enthusiast Magazine”! (2017)

Quote– “You can tell this is going to be a top-of-the-range wine by the heavy bottle. Named after the apple orchard that was the original vineyard of the producer, it is powerful and concentrated, with blackberry fruits and a solid, firm texture that will soften. Drink from 2018” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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PONTUAL RESERVA RED 2015

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Grape variety– 80% Alicante Bouschet, 10% Syrah, 10% Touriga Nacional

Vintage –2015

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – schist

Tasting notes dark garnet colour, with an aroma of red fruits and flavourful balsamic notes. In the mouth persist red fruits, well-balanced acidity with round tannins, finishing very elegant

Winemaking − in stainless steel vats, the stemming is total with a pre-fermentative maceration of 2 days. Fermentation controlled at temperature of 25°C

Ageing − 12 months in American and French oak barrels

Alcohol – 13,5%

Wine pairing− goes very well with dishes of grilled red meats, game, and strong cheeses

Awards/Reviews – the gold medal on “Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2006” (vintage of 2004); vintage of 2013 received 16 points (0-20) in “Revista de Vinhos” in 2017

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QUINTA DO MONTE D'OIRO RESERVA RED 2012

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Grape variety– 96% Syrah and 4% Viognier

Vintage –2012

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – clay-limestone

Tasting notes hints of vanilla and berries still with a full structure and balanced tannins; spicy, long lasting in mouth

Winemaking − manual harvesting. Fermentation in stainless steel with controlled temperature. Long maturation during 10 days

Ageing – 16 to 20 months in French oak barrels, of whom 40% are new

Alcohol – 14%

Awards/Reviews – this wine received 94 points in “The Wine Enthusiast Magazine”!; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 18 points (0-20) [vintage of 2010]

Quote – “This is a northern Rhône-style blend, with a touch of Viognier in the Syrah that softens the considerable dark, the tannic power of the wine. Along with this solid structure, the wine also has ripe black-plum-skin and blackberry flavours. A concentrated wine, it still needs to age. Drink from 2018” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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