Quinta da Cortezia Lisboa
Miguel Reis Catarino is a trained viticulturalist and winemaker who has worked as a consultant in the Alentejo but also has his own estate in Lisboa. Here his obsession with light and soils has resulted in remarkable fruit quality from 66 ha of family vineyards that have been replanted in stages since 1991. Only a percentage is currently produced under the Cortezia label, led initially by three varietals (made since 1997). The wines are dense and compact when young but with a pure varietal intensity and fine, ripe tannins. The wines perhaps lack flair but deserve to be drunk with at least 5 years’ age. More impressive than the varietal examples is the Reserva from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Merlot. There is more complexity, extract and structure as well as depth and richness. Making use of a new gravity-fed winery from 2004, white wines are now being produced for the first time from Chardonnay, Fernão Pires and Arinto grapes that were previously sold to other producers. To date an attractive, fruity white has been made under the Vinha Conchas label, already source of a good value, light, supple and berryish red for early drinking. There is also now a Quinta da Cortezia white and the Vinha Concha label is augmented by a Special Selection red, (neither tasted).
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