A brilliant, affordable Portuguese red

Get a load of this. It’s a really great Portuguese red, from the Dao region, and it’s brilliant value for money. I love the freshness, grip and definition.

Quinta das Maias 2008 Dao, Portugal
13.5% alcohol. 55% jaen, 20% touriga nacional, 10% alfrocheiro, 10% tinta amarela, 5% tinta roriz. Lovely firm dark cherry nose with some savoury, meaty notes. Spicy and vibrant. The palate is really fresh with bright, dark cherry fruit and good definition. Precise with some tannic grip, and good acidity to boot. Brilliantly fresh, peppery and quite elegant. An appealing savoury style. 92/100 (£10.95 The Wine Society)

Note: this is part of a Portuguese offer that begins on 22 November

4 comments to A brilliant, affordable Portuguese red

  • Nick Oakley

    The Dao region is really on the up and will, IMHO, be making the best Portuguese reds in the future. The cooler, more fickle climate in the foothills north of the Serra de Estrela, combined with the granitic soils are key factors. Now they just need to work on labelling!

  • Nick; spot on! Dão producers need to take a closer look on the labels. They have the bottle shape but needs to get rid of the flower labels!

    Jamie; I tasted a Maias half a year ago that was Jaen dominated. Splendid wine!
    Any experience with that one?

    All the best,


  • Dao rocks – when the wines are good, they’re brilliant.

  • jason carey

    awesome. I see a bottle of Teldeschi Zin back there.. the 06? a good wine with structure.

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