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Alianca Dao Reserva
Alianca Dao Reserva

Country of Origin: Portugal

Region: Dao

Grape Varieties: Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaén, Touriga Nacional

Alcohol by Volume: 13.5%

Food Matches: Goes well with grilled beef or lamb or robust stew. For a veggie alternative try with spinach and lentil casserole

Special Features: Vegan, Award Winner

2008 Vintage: IWC 2011 - Gold
2008 Vintage: Decanter World Wine Awards 2011 - Bronze
2007 Vintage: Sommelier Wine Awards 2011 - Silver
2006 Vintage: IWC 2009 - Silver

Price: £8.55

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Tasting Notes: A powerful, rustic red with supple bramble fruits - an excellent winter warmer. A great rustic nose, with bramble fruit and spicy oak. The palate is similarly rustic with earthy, leathery and more spicy characters. Soft tannins with hints of pine and vanilla on the finish.

Producer Details: One of Portugal's largest and most progressive producers with 600 hectares spread across estates in five regions from Douro in the north to Alentejo in the south. Winemaker Francisco Antunes oversees what must be one of the most diverse ranges in Europe, from the 3rd largest Portuguese rose brand (Casal Mendes) to some of the country's most impressive premium reds from estates in Douro, Dao, Bairrada and Alentejo. Arguably, Francisco's greatest achievements lie between these extremes, a range of mid-priced wines from native varieties, full of character, quite distinctly Portuguese, but at the same time approachable and with fresh, modern fruit.

In The Vineyard: The hand-picked grapes are sourced from selected vineyards in the Dao region south of the Douro Valley, where old vines are tended traditionally in granite soil.

In The Winery: Fermentation in stainless steel vats controlled at 30 degrees with maceration on the skins for 10 days in total. The wine is then matured for 6 months in 300 litre French oak barrels.

3 Product Reviews - Average rating 4.7 / 5 (Show All)

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aDicT - 03/03/2014

Leave it to breath a while and you get all those lovely port flavours


Susan - 24/02/2014

Just a stunning wine full of red berry fruity flavours with a soft smooth finish would highly reccomend this wine to anyone its just delightful.

One of the better Dao's

thecardog - 20/02/2014

Been drinking Dao for over 20 years and this is one of the better ones at this level.

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