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Pedra Basta 2013 Sonho Lusitano

Pedra Basta 2010

€ 16,95
inclusief BTW
Land Portugal Inhoud 0,75 L
Regio Alentejo Alc. percentage 14.5%
Smaaktype "rich" Serveertemperatuur 16-18C
Druiven alicante nero, aragones, cab. sauvignon, trincadeira Opmerkingen

Pedra Basta 2010

Pedra Basta ('Enough Stone’). This is a blend of Trincadeira, Arragonez (aka Tempranillo) and Alicante Bouschet in roughly equal proportions (depending on the year) with a small quanity of Cabernet Sauvignon, aged in new and second year wood for around one year 18 months before bottling. A fabulously aromatic blend of Trincadeira, Arragonez and Alicante bouschet, the wine shows a bouquet of velvety violets and briery raspberries; it opens into a layered medley of fruit and textured mineralit, showing lively acidity and moderate oak that does not overpower a long, spicy finish.

Meer informatie

English wine writer Richard Mayson has been specialising in Portuguese wines for over twenty years and is the author of five books on the subject. As early as 1989, he identified the Portalegre sub-region of the Alentejo as potentially one of the leading wine regions in Portugal due to its altitude, soils and climate.Rui Reguinga, who hails from the Ribatejo, began his wine making career in 1991 working at the local co-operative in Portalegre. He subsequently went to work with well-known wine maker João Portugal Ramos before establishing his own wine consultancy business. He now advises a number of leading properties, mostly in the southern half of Portugal and is also involved in making wine in Argentina. After a ten year search for the right property, in 2005 Richard Mayson bought Quinta do Centro and formed a wine making company, Sonho Lusitano (‘Lusitanian Dream’) with Rui Reguinga.

The Estate

Quinta do Centro is located at Reguengo on the slopes Serra de São Mamede at 500 – 560 metres above sea level. Within 5km of the property the serra rises to over 1,000 metres above sea level, making this the highest point in southern Portugal. To use a Portuguese phrase, Quinta do Centro is on the meia encosta, (‘half-way up the slope’), where it is considered that the best wines are generally produced. The property lies on the edge of the São Mamede Natural Park. The Portalegre sub-region (a DOC in its own right) is quite different form the rest of the Alentejo with a terroir all of its own. The soils are schist and granite, with granite predominating at Quinta do Centro. The property spans a shallow valley and the soils are poor, full of rock and generally well drained. Annual average rainfall, which is below 400mm in much of the Alentejo, is in excess of 600mm in Portalegre. Unlike most of southern Portugal, land holdings in the Portalegre region are extremely fragmented, especially on the serra which has more in common with the north than the south. Quinta do Centro is fairly unusual in that it extends to just over 20 hectares of which 12.5 ha are planted with vines. All the vineyard is currently in production, with the oldest vineyard planted approximately 25 years ago. The remainder of the property is semi-wild and given over to olive trees and cork oaks. There is also a small dam for irrigation. The principal grape varieties (in descending order of importance) are Trincadeira, Aragonez Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir with a small amount of Cabernet Sauvignon. In 2006 we planted 2.4 ha of Touriga Nacional, Syrah and a small quantity of Viognier. A new winery was built on the property and used for the first time in 2007. There are also five houses in the property, four of which will eventually be restored for wine-related tourism.