Quinta dos Roques and its co-owned winery, Quinta das Maias, are leading a revolution by producing high quality seriously regarded Portuguese wines that have set the standard for all the rest of the producers. Located at Abrunhosa do Mato (between Nelas and Mangualade), Quinta dos Roques’ 100 acres of winery and vineyards spread out in 12 plots over the 1400-foot elevation of the granitic hills at this center of the Dão wine region. About 75% of the vineyards are devoted to red grape varietals, dominated by Touriga Nacional (40%), followed by Roriz (Tempranillo), Alfrocheiro, Jaen (Tinta Mencia), Tinto Cão and Tinta Pinheira. The remaining 25% are white varietals, where the Encruzado prevails (40%), followed by Malvasia Fina, Bical and Cercial. Total wine production from the Roques vineyards averages 150,000 liters, which is bottled under Quinta dos Roques or a second label, Quinta do Correio . The Roques labels are devoted to the best selections of each year of harvest, with oak ageing of the red wines. Roques also purchased Quinta das Maias in 1997.
A blend of Touriga Nacional (55%), Jaen (Mencia), Alfrocheiro Preto, Tinta Roriz and Tinto Cão. Stainless steel fermentation is followed by 14 months in a blend of new and second fill French barrels. Lovely big charry, smoky, deeply set briar and plush berry fruit on the nose. There’s a jammy, thick strawberry pulp sweetness, and a very inviting, open character. The chocolaty, thick tannins coat the mouth in this wine, with lots of spice and dryness.