Quinta do Mouro Alentejo
Miguel Viegas Louro’s small estate is one of the quality leaders in the Alentejo. There are 14 ha of vineyards, planted in the main to Aragonês, Cabernet Sauvignon and Alicante. Yields are kept low and the wines have maintained a consistent standard thanks to winemaker Luis Duarte. The estate red (around 3,000 cases), aged in both Portuguese and French oak, is an excellent firmly structured, spicy, black-fruited expression that develops classic Alentejo savoury complexity with more age. Made for the long haul, it is neither fined nor filtered. Slightly more is made of a second wine, Casa dos Zagalos (5,000 cases), which also has good fruit intensity and balance, true to the house style. A very small quantity of a ‘gold label’ version, aged for longer only in (new) French oak, first trialled in 1999 and has subsequently been made in exceptional vintages. Tasted in 2009, these are superb, immensely concentrated wines buttressed by ripe but firm tannins – made for the even longer haul!
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