Quinta de Saes Colheita Tinto, 2016, Dão, Portugal
£21.75 (inc VAT)
Find out why this region is called the Burgundy of Portugal. Just Dão it.
A butterfly of a wine. Dão used to be home to many cooperatives churning out large volumes of wine, and until 1980 that was exactly what this estate did. However, when Álvaro Castro and his daughter Maria took over, the estate metamorphosed from a pupa into a handsome butterfly. Similarly their wines have the intricate complexity, delicate touch and silky finish of a butterfly's wing and given a little time, they gently unfurl and take flight.
Álvaro Castro and his daughter Maria are widely acknowledged as being the leading producers in Portugal's Dão region, known as the Burgundy of Portugal because of the elegance of its wines. Álvaro was a civil engineer who inherited the family property in 1980. The farm has been in existence since the 16th Century, but only started making its own wines under Álvaro, prior to this its grapes were sold for blending.