Estate Cabernet, Ridge Vineyards
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Grape VarietyTouriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz, Jaen
StyleRipe & Juicy
Established in 1990 by Manuel Oliveira, this set of vineyards and winery is at the heart of the Dão’s revival . A dynamic outfit it is run by the enthusiastic Luís Lourenço and his wife Luísa (Manuel’s daughter). The team is completed by cellar master João Santiago, vineyard manager Vanda, and winemaker Rui Reguinga. 40 Hectares of vines span 3 different locations around the village, including the legendary old Pessegueiro (peach tree). Elvations: 450 -550m asl. Soils are sandy granite. Red varieties comprise Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz, Jaen, and the white varieties Encruzado, Malvasia, Cercial and Bical. Fashioned from Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Tinta Roriz this red sets the benchmark for the estate’s red wine. Tank fermented and aged for 6-9 months in new, seasoned barriques, it has a deep, black fruit intensity and combines silky texture with elegant flavours and freshness.
Quinta dos Roques, 2013
Overall Portugal Red Trophy and Dao Trophy
"Bergamot and orange peel aromatics of Touriga Nacional lead, with an extra freshness from the Jaen. Lovely Dao blend, with perfume and structure. Great acidity balancing highish alcohol. Great now and will develop."
International Wine Challenge