First Release: Duas Pedras

Today marks the launch of Duas Pedras, our new wine based on the vineyards planted in 2006. It represents the start of a new phase for our project and I am thrilled by the write up that the Wine Society have given it which I have reproduced in full below. We have given The Wine Society the UK exclusive for the first vintage of this wine, given that they have been stalwart supporters or ours from the start. In Portugal the wine is already on sale locally and will be available at a major supermarket for their annual Feira do Vinho in the autumn. I am not quite sure what a ‘come hither’ wine is but it sounds quite sensual and suggestive!

Wine writer turned winemaker and Portuguese specialist with an international reputation, Richard Mayson has long had ties with The Wine Society. When he first released his Pedra Basta in 2005, from the Quinta do Centro on the westerly slopes of the beautiful Serra de

São Mamede in north-eastern Alentejo, we were the first to buy it. We now stock the 2008 vintage.

Now we are proud to be the first to offer his excellent new wine, Duas Pedras 2009, exclusive to us in its maiden vintage.

Duas Pedras is a smooth, fragrant and moreish blend of approximately 60% touriga nacional with 40% syrah, plus just a touch of aroma and texture-enhancing viognier.

Richard works with winemaker Rui Reguinga who knows the region, its grapes and its soils well (his own Terrenus wines originate nearby). The vineyards are high (the mountain range, close to the border with Spain, is the highest in southern Portugal), and the wine is named 'Two Stones' after the granite and schist in the soils here, all of which adds a mineral complexity and freshness to the wine. And yet it is a generous, come hither sort of a wine we are delighted to offer here for the first time.

'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