2016 Quinta do Ataide Red, Symington Estates, Douro Valley, Portugal
Made from vineyards in complete contrast to the steeply terraced slopes of the main Douro Valley, where rainfall is low at about 500 mm per year with very cold winters and hot summers. The combination of these factors contributes to the making of an exceptional wine that has wonderful aromas and concentrated colour and flavours, reflecting the Douro’s great winemaking tradition and the unique identity of the Vilariça terroir.
Very attractive aromas of ripe red fruits, scented with red plum and thyme. On the palate, this wine is spicy and savoury, with good weighty flavours balanced with pepper tannins and good acidity.
2015 Quinta da Mariposa Reserva, Dao, Portugal
Deep ruby in colour with lilac shades. Complex, with notes of wild berries and spice, showing the beautifully presented Touriga Nacional with its integrated barrel notes. The palate is full and ripe, with firm but satin tannins.
Quinta da Mariposa is a ‘distinctly Dão’ producer, making wines that are characteristic of the region from only native varieties; including Encruzado, Jaen and Tinta Roriz.
After working with some of the best wineries of the Dão region, oenologist Lúcia Freitas returned to her family estate in Terras de Senhorim to establish Quinta da Mariposa – a project that harmonizes her respect for tradition and her dream of making wines of extraordinary character from the region she knows so well. Together with her husband Filipe, plans are currently underway to convert the town’s local nightclub into a winery, serendipitously this is where the couple danced together when they were young.
Quinta da Mariposa practice sustainable agriculture so they can craft wine whilst also preserving the wine culture for future generations. They only use native varieties found in the Dão region, ensuring their crop is perfectly suited to the soil and the climate. Their estate is modest and everything is done by hand.