Over dinner at Sever, Marvão, Rui provides three mature red wines from the 1989 vintage. The first from the Portalegre co-operative is still deep in colour, fresh on the nose, slightly dusty and leathery but with full, savoury-sweet berry fruit still evident although drying out mid-palate. Made from old vineyards in the serra, near Quinta do Centro, it shows what the co-operative used to be capable of producing. The second with is from old vines in the Serra de Lousã near Coimbra, Quinta Foz de Arouce.
My Vineyard Blog February 2009
It has been so torrentially wet (and cold) that I have been unable to venture outside for the first two days of this week. Now it is hailing and 2oC. At 9.30am group oftecnicos from Real Companhia Velha in the Douro come to see the vineyard. We spend the morning walking round the quinta feeling the cold before retreating to Tomba Lobos for lunch (Quails cooked in honey accompanied by chestnut purée).