Dão Sul (Global Wines) Dão
Established in the Dão region in 1989, Dão Sul has rapidly become one of Portugal’s leading players. It is one of the few Portuguese producers able successfully to juggle a portfolio that encompasses super-premium single quinta wines with volume commercial brands, not to mention experimenting with quirky inter-regional and international “hybrid” wines (see below). Quality is strong across the board. The Dão, where it all started, remains a key strength and is home to two historic estates (both with good restaurants), Quinta de Cabriz, and Casa de Santar/Paço dos Cunhas do Santar, also Quinta dos Grilos. Red blends under the Cabriz and Santar labels are contemporary but characterful and very good value for money; flagship Cabriz CCCC is a modern yet formidably structured wine, with terrific concentration of ripe fruit. Lees-ageing and batonnage make for among the region’s most complex Encruzado under the Santar labels. The characterful, rounded red Quinta do Ribeiro Santo comes from winemaker Carlos Lucas’ home estate. In 2000, Dão Sul expanded into the Douro (Quinta das Tecedeiras & Quinta Sá de Baixo), Bairrada (Quinta do Encontro), Estremadura/Lisboa (Martim Joanes Gradil), Alentejo (Herdade Monte da Cal), also Brazil. Without exception, the wines are well made, the most exciting deriving from Quinta do Encontro, which also has a restaurant housed in an arrestingly designed circular building. One off hybrids include Pião (a blend of Nebbiolo from Piedmont’s Marchesi di Gresy with Dão Touriga Nacional), Duorat (a blend of Touriga Nacional from the Douro with Garnatxa Roja from Priorat) and Homenagem (a Portuguese collaboration made with fruit from Cabriz and Luis Pato in Bairrada). (SA)
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