Quinta do Centro and Sonho Lusitano Vinhos

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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. 

Adega - Quinta do Centro II

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. Just under 10 ha are currently in production, with the oldest vineyard planted approximately 25 years ago. A further 2.7ha were replanted in 2006. 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 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.

The Wines

We are producing three different premium red wines, each from a blend of grape varieties, reflecting the terroir of the region. The emphasis will be on producing wines with balance, finesse and poise as opposed to the tendency to make big, blockbuster wines elsewhere the Alentejo.By 2011 when the vineyard is in full production it is envisaged that the property will be producing the equivalent of 40,000 litres a year apportioned between three red wines as follows:

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. Retailing c. €12 a bottle. (Vinho Regional Alentejano)

Duas Pedras ('Two Stones')

Namd after the local schist and granite,  this is a  blend of Touriga Nacional (60%) and Syrah (40%) co-fermented with a small quantity of  Viognier, bottled with mimimal ageing in wood  to capture the fruit character. Retailing around €7 a bottle. (Vinho Regional Alentejano). 

Pedra e Alma ('Stone and Soul’)

This is our reserve wine produced only in the best years (2009 is our first vintage), from the oldest vines on the property (Trincadeira, Arragonez, Alicante Bouschet and Grand Noir), aged for 2 years in new French oak barriques. Retailing at c. €20. (Vinho Regional Alentejano)

 

Sonho Lusitano - Fabrice Deroulin 057

We already export to the UK, Ireland, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland, the USA and Brazil tand we are currently seeking representation in other markets.  Building and projecting the right image is crucial to the success of our project and, while maintaining its roots in the Alto Alentejo, an international approach is necessary to put our wines and the Portalegre region on the map.

 

 

 

For day-to-day information on the running of the estate see Richard Mayson's wine blog 'Living the Dream' on www.richardmayson.com

 

 Our Wines in the International Press…

Pedra Basta

‘…red, dark, rich and intense with dense, stony tannins, real mountain wine.’

Charles Metcalfe in The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal

'This is not only how Alentejo wines should taste like but also how every wine should be. Terroir, passion, dedication and personality, this is what wine is all about. Congratulations!'

Porto do Vinho

 Pedra e Alma 2009

'Some austerity hiding sweet toast, red fruit, light resin, tar. Voluninous and full, good extraction, fresh acidity, firm tannins, very long with spicy notes.  [Translated from Portugues] 17 / 20.    Revista de Vinhos, Portugal

De cor escura, densa, com fruta preta, chocolate e madeira, tem no palato aquela aristocracia distinta e austera dos vinhos provenientes de vinhas velhas. Demora a entregar-se, a revelar as subtilezas da fruta por detrás da madeira. Os taninos são firmes, mas redondos, bem trabalhados.  (Deep colour, dense with dark fruit, chocolate and oak, distinctively arisocratic on the palate with the austerity that comes from old vines. Eventually evealing subtlty behind the fruit. The tannins are firm but round and well managed.)    Porto do Vinho

 

 

 

Sonho Lusitano Pedra & Alma 2009

silver
 
Decanter rating:
 

Alentejano, Portugal

Very pleasing, complex, sweet plummy fruit with good minerality and perfumed, spicy tobacco leaf and smoky aromas. Delicious.

UK price: £25.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

Selected in 2012 for the 50 Great Portuguese Wines by Julia Harding MW:

 Pedra e Alma 2009 Vinho Regional Alentejano 17 Drink 2014-20

Field blend of 30-year-old vines, mostly Trincadeira, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet. 18 months in new French oak, which shows more now than when I tasted this as a barrel sample in October 2011. Dry, savoury, dark fruit. Sweet chocolatey oak flavours, really dense fruit underneath. Very smooth and very long, needing time for the oak dominance to fade and allow the fruit out more. But it has that lovely effortless concentration and harmony of an old vine blend - density, freshness and polished tannins. Very moreish. (JH) 14.5% 

'The Portalegre (Alentejo) collaboration between wine writer Richard Mayson and winemaker Rui Reguinga has produced a new top wine, Sonho Lusitano Pedra e Alma 2009, a richly textured, dark and savoury blend of Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez from 30 year old vines.  Very good.'

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective 

 

'Pedra e Alma from the high quality 2009 vintage. Made from Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez, this is packed with fruit, yet refined and open to development.' 

Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster 

www.thewinetipster.co.uk

 

 

 

Sonho Lusitano Pedra Basta 2009

bronze
 
Decanter rating:
 

Alentejano, Portugal

Minty nose with floral notes over good lifted flavours of rich, sweet fruits and minerals.

UK price: £12.50 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Denso, terroso, fruta preta, talvez um toque vegetal, no palato tem muito corpo, notando-se inicialmente sobretudo a madeira. Os taninos são aguerridos, mas bem trabalhados. O final é longo, bem apimentado. Este Pedra Basta parece, de facto, um “vinho de montanha”, carregando consigo uma dimensão de abundância e plenitude que requer uma refeição farta, daquelas do Portugal de antanho.   Porto do Vinho

 

 

Duas Pedras 2011 - selected by wine writer Olly Smith as one of the 50 Great Portuguese Wines in 2012 

Yes! Touriga Nacional, Syrah and a squirt of  Viognier pumps out that twinge of floral intrigue that, like subtle seasoning, helps to bring out the dimention of flavours here from smokey, earthy and white pepper warmth to bold dark swirling depths of fruit. Bring. It. On.     

 

Duas Pedras 2009

It’s hard to believe that this blend of Touriga Nacional and Syrah fermented on Viognier skins is unoaked, given its density, dark chocolate and smoky bacon notes. There’s a touch of reduction which lends a peppery grunt to its succulent core of black cherry fruit. Very satisfying – a ringer for a modern (oaked!) Crozes-Hermitage. 13.5% £8.95 bottle

 Sara Ahmed, The Wine Detective

 

'Good value here in this unusual blend of 60% Touriga Nacional with 40% Syrah with a touch of Viognier. British writer turned vigneron Richard Mayson and winemaker Rui Reguingo are behind this wine. Lovely meaty nose, with a touch of smoked bacon and flecks of florality to lift it. The palate has a little hint of peachy Viognier sweetness, but that big, earthy, rich bramble and blackcurrant density of fruit takes over. A dense character, with a long, beautifully balanced finish of creamy tannins and plum-skin bite. £8.95 at The Wine Society'

The Wine Gang

 
 

'Dark crimson. Smells oddly like red Bordeaux! Then much sweeter on the palate. Almost like a New World or South African Syrah? Must say I’d never pick it for a Portuguese wine but it certainly delivers lots of pleasure, even if there is a bit of oak tannin on the end. 13.5%.  16. 
 

The Wine Society / Jancis Robinson  

 

'Well endowed with creamy ripe but fleshy, raspberry and blackberry fruit with hints of liquorice and an attractive earthy, dusty finish. Smooth tannins and juicy acidity make for a very attractive red gutsy enough to stand up well to hearty meat dishes...Very good.'

Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, 2011


Pedra Basta 2008

 

Pedra Basta 2008 - Vinho Regional Alentejano – álcool: 13,5% – uvas: Trincadeira, Aragonez, Alicante Bouschet e Cabernet Sauvignon – preço: R$ 93,00 – púrpura intenso com reflexo arroxeado. Aromas florais secundados por notas tostadas, leve tabaco, especiarias e geléia de fruta vermelha. Boca equilibrada, taninos vivos de boa qualidade, algo picante e condimentado, longo, complexo, salivante, num conjunto potente de muita personalidade como sói acontecer com os melhores caldos alentejanos. Avaliação: 89/100 pts.+

Blog do Jeriel, Brasil

 

 

 

Pedra Basta 2008, Quinta do Centro (Portugal)

 

Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday 22nd April 2012 

 

Winner of a Silver Medal in the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards:

'Generous dark fruit, coffee and liquorice character. Ripe, juicy and fresh palate with good contrast of flavours and textures'   

 

Pedra Basta 2007

'Best Old World Red: schist and granite soils planted with local grapes and some Cabernet give a dark, ripe plummy wine with a firmly elegant personality' 

Spurrier's World, Decanter magazine. '   

Dark, dense, full-bodied, with ripe, spicy, red-berry and blackcurrant fruit and touches of licorice, chocolate and vanilla; fine chewy tannins. A red with southern Portuguese flavours, but Douro polish, from an estate – Quinta do Centro – belonging to UK wine writer Richard Mayson. You can drink it now, but it should be good for another four years. 13.5% abv. 

Joanna Simon, www.joannasimon.com

 

 

Less “loud” than the 2006 and I prefer it.  There’s a little less Cabernet and the 07 shows more red fruits supported by firm but ripe tannins.  More elegance and persistence than its predecessor  – it seems better to capture Portalegre’s potential for this mid-weight style and no doubt also reflects a cooler growing season.

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective

Delicious, ripe, full-flavoured red from the Alentejo, from the excellent 2007 vintage, from UK wine wruter and specialist Richard Mayson. Drink now - 2012.

The Wine Society

This mid-weight, elegant, persitent wine is a fine companion for food wth its well-defined red fruits supported by firm but ripe tannins.

Sarah Ahmed writing in Decanter

 

Pedra Basta 2006

'Trade up to this confident, individual red from Portugal, currently one of the best places to find interesting wines. This is a ripe, full-flavoured, grown-up red; the wine's complexity comes from a blend of four mostly local grape varieties. It has a convincing pedigree, made by top winemaker Rui Reguinga and Richard Mayson, the UK's leading wine writer on Portugal's wines.'BBC Good Food Magazine - Nov 08
Sarah Jane Evans MW, among her best buys for Christmas.


'…fragrant, floral with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of leather. Very fine tannins…more poise and tension [than the 2005]. I would give this another year in bottle. Drink 2010 – 2015'

Neal Martin’s Wine Journal on Erobertparker.com


‘Dark blackberry fruit on the nose, plus a bit of plummy spiciness. The palate is dense with some firm, savoury, spicy structure underneath the sweet blackberry and plum fruit’.

Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog


‘A gorgeous rich, supple red from the hills of the eastern Alentejo…’

The Wine Society

This has calmed down since I last tasted it when it was all exuberant, glossy fruit.  It’s now less bouncy, more “winey”, with juicy damsons and the Cabernet Sauvignon really coming through with blackcurrant to nose and palate.  Slightly chewy tannins have mellowed and become better integrated with the fruit too.  Good.

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective   

 

Pedra Basta 2005

‘Broad, full, sunny flavours that speak eloquently of the warmth of the Alentejo are followed by the grip imposed by the local land’.

Jancis Robinson MW

…an impressive Alentejo from English wine writer, Richard Mayson along with winemaker Rui Reguinga. It has a warm, open-knit nose of summer fruits, raisin and dates with good definition. The palate is full-bodied, plump and quite ravishing in texture…

Neal Martin’s Wine Journal on Erobertparker.com


‘…full of deep, rich savoury flavours, rounded and long – a real food wine with character and style’

Christine Austin, Yorkshire Post


‘Fresh herbal, even a little cedary on the nose. Both elegant and juicy. A light had in the winemaking. Charming, discreet tannins. Drink 2008 – 10’ 16.5 / 20

Julia Harding MW at jancisrobinson.com


‘Peppery, damsony, chewy port-like intense palate – intriguing four grape Portuguese blend by Englishman Richard Mayson’

Rose Murray Brown MW, The Scotsman


‘Spot on…plush, smokey, seductive red, with cherry and raisin fruit backed up by fine grained tannins.’

Simon Woods, Wine & Spirit

 ‘From the hills of the eastern Alentejo, this is ripe and satisfying, full the of natural, rich, savoury flavours of Portugal’s indigenous grapes.’

The Wine Society
 

 

 

 

UNITED KINGDOM

Sonho Lusitano Vinhos Lda. is represented in the UK by Fields Morris & Verdin:

 24 - 34 Ingate Place, Battersea, London SW8 3NS

Tel. 020 7819 0360

Contact Karen Jenkins Karen.Jenkins@fmvwines.com  

 

Our wines are currently available in the UK from the following sources:  
 

LONDON AND THE SOUTH

  • Bottle Apostle, 95, Lauriston Road, Victoria Park Village, Hackney, London E9 7HJ
  • The Salusbury Wine Store, 54 Salusbury Road, London NW6 6NN
  • Prohibition Wines, 34, Fortis Green Road, London N10 3HN
  • Park & Bridge, 73, Churchfield Road, London W3 6AX 
  • The Wine Society, Stevenage, Hertfordshire SG1 2BG  01438 740222 www.thewinesociety.com
  • Wine Therapy, Isle of White 01624 611793  www.winetherapy.co.uk
  • Whistle Wines, Exeter 01392 421363 www.whistlewines.com
  • Butler’s Wine Cellar, 247 Queens Park Road, Brighton BN2 9XJ www.butlers-winecellar.co.uk
  • Oxford Limited, 4, Castle Complex, New Road, Oxford OX1 1AY
  • Wine Therapy,  28, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight PO31 7RS
  • Wine Utopia, Tatchbury House, Loperwood, Calmore, Southampton SO40 2RN
  • Bacchanalia, 79, Victoria Road, Cambridge CB4 3BS

     

MIDLANDS

  • Delilah Fine Foods, 12, Victoria Street, Nottingham NG1 2EX  www.delilahfoods.co.uk
  •  Worth Bros Wine Merchants, The Cellars, Cathedral House, 5, Beacon Street, Lichfield, Staffs. www.worthbrothers.co.uk
  • Upton upon Severn Wines, 8 New Street, Upton-upon-Severn, Worcestershire WR8 0HR
  • Duncan Murray Wines, 10, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, Leicstershire LE16 7LT
  • The Stamford Wine Company, 26 George Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire PE9 2BJ

NORTH

  • The Cheshire Smokehouse, Vost Farm, Morely Green, Wilmslow, Cheshire www.cheshiresmokehouse.co.uk 
  • Ibbotsons of Ashford, Ashford –in-the-Water, nr Bakewell, Derbyshire 01629 812528
  • deFINE Food and Wine, Chester Road, Sandiway, Cheshire CW8 1NH www.definefoodandwine.com
  • John Hattersley Wines, Milford, Bakewell DE45 1DX www.johnwines.com
  • Roberts & Speight Ltd, East Yorkshire 01482 870717  www.hamperbox.co.uk 
  • Chatsworth Farm Shop, Pilsley, Nr Bakewell, Derbyshire www.chatsworth.org/shop-eat/the-farm-shop
  • Hanging Ditch Wines, Britannic Buildings, 42-44 Victoria Street, Manchester M3 1ST www.hangingditch.com
  • The Wine Cellar, Isle of Man 01624 611793 www.thewinecellar.shop.venda.com
  • Starmore Boss, 257 SharrowVale Rd, Sheffield. S11 8ZE. 0114 4534087 
  • Campbell Moore, Tennis Road, Douglas, Isle of Man,  IM2 3QW
  • Roberts & Henry Fine Wines, 12, Queen Avenue, Liverpool L2 4TZ 

SCOTLAND

  • The Dormant Distillery, 11 Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh EH10 4HN
  • Drinkmonger, Royal Mile Whiskies, Unit 7, 27 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh EH7 4JE  

RESTAURANTS

  • Moro 34-36 Exmouth Market, London EC4 4QE www.moro.uk
  • Morito, 32, Exmouth Market London EC1R 4QE 
  • Le Pont de la Tour, 36D Shad Thames, Butler's Wharf, London SE1 2YE
  • Le Pont de la Tour, The Clove Building, 4-6 Maguire Street, London SE1 2NQ
  • The Clove Club, 380 Old Street, London EC1V 9LT
  • Great Northern Hotel, Pancras Road, Kings Cross, London N1C 4TB
  • Pollen Street Social, 8-10 Pollen Street, London N1C 4TB
  • Sam's Chop House and Tom's Chop House, Manchester, M2 7LN 0161 832 1872 www.tomschophouse.com/  www.samschophouse.co.uk/  
  • David Mellor Café, The Round Building, Hathersage, S32 1BA davidmellordesign.co.uk
  • El Toro, 129 Newbould Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2PL www.el-toro-sheffield.co.uk

 

  

 

PORTUGAL

In Portugal our wines are distributed distributed by Portfolio Vinhos Lda. www.portfoliovinhos.pt 

Rua D. Leonor de Freitas, 225
Apartado 14
4431-901 V.N.GAIA

Tel. +351 22 093 9586
Fax. +351 22 093 9585
geral@portfoliovinhos.pt


Pedra Basta is available in Portugal from the following:

SOUTH (Algarve and Alentejo)

  • Drinksgave, Albufeira
  • Garrafeira Rui, Almancil
  • Apolinia Supermercados, Almancil
  • Boa Boca Gourmet, Évora
  • Supermercados / Garrefeira Rui, Faro
  • Garrafeira Grandola, Grandola
  • Supermercado Baptista, Praia da Luz
  • SuperNisa - Sepermadcados, Nisa
  • Garrafeira Veneza, Paderne
  • DrinkPor, Portalegre
  • Caldeirão de Sabores, Portalegre
  • Ma-jo, Portalegre
  • Garrafeira Vital, Tavira
  • Garrafeira Cobeal, Vila Real de Santo António 

     

CENTRE / LISBON

  • Garrafeira Adivinho, Lisboa
  • Garrafeira de Almada, Almada
  • Casinha do António, Setúbal
  • Coisas do Arco de Vinho, Belém (Lisboa)
  • Delidelux, Lisboa
  • Garrafeira Napoleão, Lisboa
  • Garrafeira Venha a Vinha, Lisboa
  • Vino Divino, Lisboa
  • Wine and Flavours, Lisboa

NORTH / OPORTO

  • Copo d'Uva, São João de Madeira
  • Garrafeira Tio Pepe, Porto
  • Garrafeira D.Vinho, Coimbra

     

RESTAURANTS

  • Restuarante Cascata, Alferrarde (Abrantes) 
  • Café - Restaurante Regata, Alpalhão
  • Restaurante Pompilo, São Vicente (Elvas)
  • Tasquinha do Oliveira, Évora
  • Delidelux, Lisboa
  • Bica do Sapato, Lisboa
  • Solar de Presuntos, Lisboa
  • Wine Bar do Castelo, Lisboa
  • Restaurante Sever, Marvão
  • Restaurante Jardim, Ponte de Sôr
  • Solar do Forcado, Portalegre
  • Tomba Lobos, Pedra Basta (Portalegre)
  • Restaurante Deolina, Santiago de Cacém
  • Bar do Binho, Sintra
  • Restaurante Quinta de Beloura, Quinta de Beloura (Sintra)
  • Restaurante O Prego de Prego e Rato, Vendas Novas
  • Restaurante Xuinhashop, Oeiras

BELGIUM

We are represented in Belgium by Wijnhuis Jeuris  www.wijnhuisjeuris.be

Wijnhuis Jeuris, Schaapsweg 2,3550 Heusden-Zolder, Tel. +32 (0)11 42 89 07
 

and

Wijnhuis Jeuris, Kaaistraat 62a, 8800 Roeselare  Tel. +32 (0)51 222 850

 

BRAZIL 

In Brazil we are represented by Hannover Vinhos Lda  www.hannovervinhos.com.br

Hannover Vinhos
Rua Cerro Azul, 710 ao 730 - Sta. Maria Goretti
CEP 91030-250 - Porto Alegre - RS - BRASIL
(+55 51) 3337-3890 / (+55 51) 3343-1195

 

SWITZERLAND 

Sonho Lusitano Vinhos is represented in Switzerland by Vinoversum (www.vinoversum.ch

 

Vinoversum A. Gatti AG, Tösswiesenstrasse 8, CH-8413 Neftenbach
 
Tel.: +41 (0)52 213 00 20, Fax: +41 (0)52 213 00 40
 
skype: vinoversum
 

  

Our Wines in the UK Press…

Pedra Basta

‘…red, dark, rich and intense with dense, stony tannins, real mountain wine.’

Charles Metcalfe in The Wine and Food Lover’s Guide to Portugal

 Pedra e Alma 2009

'Some austerity hiding sweet toast, red fruit, light resin, tar. Voluninous and full, good extraction, fresh acidity, firm tannins, very long with spicy notes.  [Translated from Portugues] 17 / 20.     Revista de Vinhos, Portugal

 

 

Sonho Lusitano Pedra & Alma 2009

silver
 
Decanter rating:
 

Alentejano, Portugal

Very pleasing, complex, sweet plummy fruit with good minerality and perfumed, spicy tobacco leaf and smoky aromas. Delicious.

UK price: £25.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selected in 2012 for the 50 Great Portuguese Wines by Julia Harding MW:

 Pedra e Alma 2009 Vinho Regional Alentejano 17 Drink 2014-20 

Field blend of 30-year-old vines, mostly Trincadeira, Aragonez and Alicante Bouschet. 18 months in new French oak, which shows more now than when I tasted this as a barrel sample in October 2011. Dry, savoury, dark fruit. Sweet chocolatey oak flavours, really dense fruit underneath. Very smooth and very long, needing time for the oak dominance to fade and allow the fruit out more. But it has that lovely effortless concentration and harmony of an old vine blend - density, freshness and polished tannins. Very moreish. (JH) 14.5% 

'The Portalegre (Alentejo) collaboration between wine writer Richard Mayson and winemaker Rui Reguinga has produced a new top wine, Sonho Lusitano Pedra e Alma 2009, a richly textured, dark and savoury blend of Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez from 30 year old vines.  Very good.'

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective 

 

'Pedra e Alma from the high quality 2009 vintage. Made from Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet and Aragonez, this is packed with fruit, yet refined and open to development.' 

Neil Phillips, The Wine Tipster 

www.thewinetipster.co.uk

 

 

 

Sonho Lusitano Pedra Basta 2009

bronze
 
Decanter rating:
 

Alentejano, Portugal

Minty nose with floral notes over good lifted flavours of rich, sweet fruits and minerals.

UK price: £12.50 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Duas Pedras 2009

It’s hard to believe that this blend of Touriga Nacional and Syrah fermented on Viognier skins is unoaked, given its density, dark chocolate and smoky bacon notes. There’s a touch of reduction which lends a peppery grunt to its succulent core of black cherry fruit. Very satisfying – a ringer for a modern (oaked!) Crozes-Hermitage. 13.5% £8.95 bottle

 Sara Ahmed, The Wine Detective

 

'Good value here in this unusual blend of 60% Touriga Nacional with 40% Syrah with a touch of Viognier. British writer turned vigneron Richard Mayson and winemaker Rui Reguingo are behind this wine. Lovely meaty nose, with a touch of smoked bacon and flecks of florality to lift it. The palate has a little hint of peachy Viognier sweetness, but that big, earthy, rich bramble and blackcurrant density of fruit takes over. A dense character, with a long, beautifully balanced finish of creamy tannins and plum-skin bite. £8.95 at The Wine Society'

The Wine Gang

 
 

'Dark crimson. Smells oddly like red Bordeaux! Then much sweeter on the palate. Almost like a New World or South African Syrah? Must say I’d never pick it for a Portuguese wine but it certainly delivers lots of pleasure, even if there is a bit of oak tannin on the end. 13.5%.  16.
 

The Wine Society / Jancis Robinson  

 

'Well endowed with creamy ripe but fleshy, raspberry and blackberry fruit with hints of liquorice and an attractive earthy, dusty finish. Smooth tannins and juicy acidity make for a very attractive red gutsy enough to stand up well to hearty meat dishes...Very good.'

Sarah Ahmed, aka The Wine Detective, 2011


Pedra Basta 2008

Pedra Basta 2008, Quinta do Centro (Portugal)

 

Olly Smith, Mail on Sunday 22nd April 2012 

 

Winner of a Silver Medal in the 2011 Decanter World Wine Awards:

'Generous dark fruit, coffee and liquorice character. Ripe, juicy and fresh palate with good contrast of flavours and textures'   

 

Pedra Basta 2007

'Best Old World Red: schist and granite soils planted with local grapes and some Cabernet give a dark, ripe plummy wine with a firmly elegant personality' 

Spurrier's World, Decanter magazine. '   

Dark, dense, full-bodied, with ripe, spicy, red-berry and blackcurrant fruit and touches of licorice, chocolate and vanilla; fine chewy tannins. A red with southern Portuguese flavours, but Douro polish, from an estate – Quinta do Centro – belonging to UK wine writer Richard Mayson. You can drink it now, but it should be good for another four years. 13.5% abv. 

Joanna Simon, www.joannasimon.com

Fellow wine scribe Richard Mayson has bought Quinta do Centro, a vineyard in the cooler hills of the Alentejo. There he produuces elegant ripe fruit without high sugar levels, enabling to control the alcohol. 2007 Pedra Basta is his best vintage yet. .... It's soaked in fruits of the forest, with fine-grained tannins and earthiness - decant it to appreciate it fully.

Amelia Pinsent, Country Life

Less “loud” than the 2006 and I prefer it.  There’s a little less Cabernet and the 07 shows more red fruits supported by firm but ripe tannins.  More elegance and persistence than its predecessor  – it seems better to capture Portalegre’s potential for this mid-weight style and no doubt also reflects a cooler growing season.

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective

Delicious, ripe, full-flavoured red from the Alentejo, from the excellent 2007 vintage, from UK wine wruter and specialist Richard Mayson. Drink now - 2012.

The Wine Society

This mid-weight, elegant, persitent wine is a fine companion for food wth its well-defined red fruits supported by firm but ripe tannins.

Sarah Ahmed writing in Decanter

 

Pedra Basta 2006

'Trade up to this confident, individual red from Portugal, currently one of the best places to find interesting wines. This is a ripe, full-flavoured, grown-up red; the wine's complexity comes from a blend of four mostly local grape varieties. It has a convincing pedigree, made by top winemaker Rui Reguinga and Richard Mayson, the UK's leading wine writer on Portugal's wines.'BBC Good Food Magazine - Nov 08
Sarah Jane Evans MW, among her best buys for Christmas.


'…fragrant, floral with aromas of wild strawberry, raspberry leaf and a touch of leather. Very fine tannins…more poise and tension [than the 2005]. I would give this another year in bottle. Drink 2010 – 2015'

Neal Martin’s Wine Journal on Erobertparker.com


‘Dark blackberry fruit on the nose, plus a bit of plummy spiciness. The palate is dense with some firm, savoury, spicy structure underneath the sweet blackberry and plum fruit’.

Jamie Goode’s Wine Blog


‘A gorgeous rich, supple red from the hills of the eastern Alentejo…’

The Wine Society

This has calmed down since I last tasted it when it was all exuberant, glossy fruit.  It’s now less bouncy, more “winey”, with juicy damsons and the Cabernet Sauvignon really coming through with blackcurrant to nose and palate.  Slightly chewy tannins have mellowed and become better integrated with the fruit too.  Good.

Sarah Ahmed, The Wine Detective   

Pedra Basta 2005

‘Broad, full, sunny flavours that speak eloquently of the warmth of the Alentejo are followed by the grip imposed by the local land’.

Jancis Robinson MW

…an impressive Alentejo from English wine writer, Richard Mayson along with winemaker Rui Reguinga. It has a warm, open-knit nose of summer fruits, raisin and dates with good definition. The palate is full-bodied, plump and quite ravishing in texture…

Neal Martin’s Wine Journal on Erobertparker.com


‘…full of deep, rich savoury flavours, rounded and long – a real food wine with character and style’

Christine Austin, Yorkshire Post


‘Fresh herbal, even a little cedary on the nose. Both elegant and juicy. A light had in the winemaking. Charming, discreet tannins. Drink 2008 – 10’ 16.5 / 20

Julia Harding MW at jancisrobinson.com


‘Peppery, damsony, chewy port-like intense palate – intriguing four grape Portuguese blend by Englishman Richard Mayson’

Rose Murray Brown MW, The Scotsman


‘Spot on…plush, smokey, seductive red, with cherry and raisin fruit backed up by fine grained tannins.’

Simon Woods, Wine & Spirit

 ‘From the hills of the eastern Alentejo, this is ripe and satisfying, full the of natural, rich, savoury flavours of Portugal’s indigenous grapes.’

The Wine Society