I pulled the cork on a bottle of Duas Pedras 2009, our first vintage of this wine. It was the first crop from our Syrah and Touriga Nacional vines planted in 2006 and was made by almost by accident when we didn’t have sufficient quanity of either grape to fill a vat so they were co-fermented. Bottled without any aging in oak, it wasn’t made to last but on pouring the wine into the glass I found it had developed beautifully. I served it blind to a wine trade friend who guessed it as a good northern Rhone red, Crozes or St. Joseph.
My Vineyard Blog April 2014
To New York, for a tasting of pre-phylloxera Madeiras (see Madeira tasting notes) and a visit to our NYC / East Coast distributors to deliver some samples. 2013 was to have been ‘The Year of Portugal’ I am told but it didn’t happen. I spend a day walking around the city visiting independent wine stores to look at their range. Outside Port and Madeira, Portugal barely registers. Even Greece seems to have had more success. Most wine merchants have but a handful of Portuguse wines, invariably hidden on a shelf at the back of the shop or lumped together with Spain.