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. Proof I think that we have a wonderful terroir in the Serra de São Mamede (as well as a very good wine maker!).
19 - 20 An outstanding wine (*****)
17 – 18 An excellent wine in its class, highly recommended (****)
15 - 16 A good wine, with much to recommend it (***)
13 - 14 An enjoyable but simple, straightforward wine (**)
10 – 12 A very ordinary wine without faults but with no great merit (*)
8 - 10 Disagreeable (no stars)
Below 8 Faulty