It is very gratifying to find that Duas Pedras 2010 is Decanter Magazine's Wine of the Month with a score of 17 out of 20. Their note reads well too: 'Meaning 'two stones' in English, this Touriga Nacional-Syrah blend with a splash of Viognier is names after the schist and granite soils of the area. Breezy but with ample concentration, it has flavours of chocolate-dipped currants and rose petal notes - very tasty and refreshing'.It is currently available from the Wine Society for £8.95.
My Vineyard Blog January 2013
I don’t think I have ever felt so cold as I have this week in Portalegre. Although nothing like as cold as in the UK where it is currently snowing, the damp cold here quickly gets into your bones and there is really no way of warming up. The buildings seem to capture the cold. A blanket of thick drizzely fog has hung over the Serra all week and, with all the bad news about the local economy, it is thoroughly depressing. Then, this morning there comes a ray of sunshine, both literal and metaphorical.
Pruning is underway, albeit slowly due to the wet weather. Where we can, we are doing mechanical pre-pruning prior to hand pruning each vine. It is rather like a clipper cut before a scissor cut and the Alicante Bouschet now looks like it has had a short back and sides after all the previous year’s growth. The wet winter seems to be compensating for last year’s severe drought. Our well has filled up, the barragem is nearly full and the huge Montargil dam was half empty in October is now full again.
A rather dismal start to the year. Tomba Lobos, the excellent restaurant that we have in Portalegre, closed its doors just before Christmas and is not going to re-open. The owner and chef, José Júlio Vintém, has left for Recife in Brasil. He says on a blog it is not a bankruptcy and that he has left no debts but he certainly owes us (and others) money. It is sad that Portalegre cannot support a restaurant of this calibre but it is a reflection of the times that we live in.