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Dão is the time

Dão comes from a region of Portugal south east of Porto. One of the oldest wine regions in the country it is comprised mainly of a temperate plateau surrounded by mountains, where the Rio Mondego and Dao rivers flow.

Today the Dão region is arguably the top place in Portugal to find fresher, aromatic styles of wine made from Touriga Nacional, one of the many interesting indigenous grape varieties Portugal offers.

Alvaro Castro is very possibly the best winemaker in the region, using a combination of traditional and modern techniques and creating wines of balance and integrity.

Quinta de Saes is a Reserva made mostly from a field blend of indigenous varieties, with a small portion of Touriga Nacional and Alfrocheiro, and aged for two years in French oak.  This is an intensely aromatic wine, characterized by ripe fruit and spice, with a deliciously long finish.

Another lovely from Alvaro is Outerio Tinto, a blend of Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional. Ripe red and black fruits on the nose with an elegant palate complemented by spicy notes, sweet fruit and some earthy structure. Very tasty indeed.

A chunky red from the Dão is just what we need on a chilly Halloween or Guy Fawkes’ night.  And both are in stock now at OAK N4. Go get ‘em!

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