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2018 marks a return to an unoaked style, showcasing the bright fruit flavours of the region, with that typical twist of herbs on the palate.
Product Code: PW7871
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Established in 2012 by a team of three experienced winemakers (Carlos Lucas, Lúcia Freitas and Carlos Rodrigues), Magnum Vinhos has its roots in the Dão region but also produces wines from Alentejo and Douro. All three had previously worked together at Dão Sul, where Carlos Lucas was one of the co-founders back in 1990. They each brought experience and expertise from previous lives in the wine industry and chose to focus on authentic wines made from indigenous Portuguese grapes. The Quinta do Ribeiro Santo ('Holy River') estate in Carregal do Sal is a small Dão property restored by Carlos Lucas. It was named after the stream which surrounds the property once owned by the local priest. Set among the pine forests typical of the region on the slopes of the Serra da Estrela and Serra do Caramulo mountains, the vineyards are farmed sustainably and certified under the Integrated Production system. There are six hectares of vineyards here, planted to local grape varieties touriga nacional, alfrocheiro, tinto cão and encruzado, amongst others, in poor granitic soils; an impressive new modern winemaking facility was ready for the 2014 vintage.
Like its neighbour Spain, Portugal has been undergoing something of a quiet revolution over the last twenty years or so. A reluctance to follow trends and plant international grapes is now paying dividends and the new breed of full-blooded, fruit-filled wines are more than able to compete on the world stage. The unique flavours that are the hallmark of Portugal's indigenous grape varieties have become its trump card. Vinho Verde, sometimes spritzy and youthful and sometimes made with the aim of creating a more serious white wine, is in the verdant north-west, bordering the Spanish province of Galicia. A wet and fertile area, the grapes ripen with moderate sugar levels and refreshing acidity, meaning that the wines are usually lowish in alcohol at about 10-11%. Astringent, low alcohol red Vinho Verde is also produced. Trás-os-Montes is a remote region of harsh winters and hot, dry summers in the north-east of the country is bound on one side by high mountains and on the other the border with Spain (the name means 'behind the mountains'. The schistous soils and the grapes are similar to those of the Douro. Reds are often lighter and more aromatic than those of neighbouring Douro.The Douro is one of the most beautiful wine regions in the world, and deservedly Portugal's best known, the Douro has quickly emerged to lead the way as the country's premium wine region and there is a real pioneering spirit amongst the winemakers here, port shippers included. Although there is an enormous variety of different terroirs within the Douro Valley, this is essentially a sparsely populated, hot, arid region where grapes are grown on spectacularly steep terraced slopes. Wine grapes are the same as those that go into Port. Wines tend to be high in tannin and flavour.Dão is south of the Douro on granite slopes protected by high mountains and pine forests. The region produces one of Portugal's better-known reds of the same name. Once dominated by rather lack-lustre co-operatives, the area now has a whole clutch of dynamic, small producers making elegant, approachable and enjoyable wines.Between the mountains and the coast, on fertile clay soils, is Bairrada (barro is Portuguese for clay). Better known for red wines, this is one of the only wine regions in Portugal to be dominated by a single grape variety,the tannic, high-acid baga, making wines that can be tough and astringent in their youth but which soften with age, becoming beguilingly perfumed. These days many blend baga with non-indigenous grapes to make a friendlier style, but the greatest are pure baga. The area also benefits from late-afternoon breezes which favour the production of fresh, food-friendly whites and increasingly popular sparkling wines.Beira Interior is a rather disparate region covering a vast swathe of inland Portugal south of the Douro and east of Dão. Vineyards are grown at altitude on granite soils. In the north, grapes are similar to those of the Douro while the south has a whole mix of varieties. Lisboa is a large, coastal region that runs north from Lisbon. Atlantic breezes help cool the vineyards and maintain the fresh acidity and aromatics in the mostly white wines. North of Bucelas, on the Atlantic west coast lies the strip of rolling countryside that contains nine separate DOCs under the umbrella name of Lisboa. This is Portugal's largest wine producing region in volume terms.Bucelas was the first wine The Society ever sold! This tiny DOC is one of the closest to Lisbon. It produces breezy dry whites which are popular locally.Tejo was formerly known as Ribatejo is known for good, everyday drinking wines in a range of styles from a wide range of permitted grapes. This region lies on either side of the River Tagus Lying across the mouth of theTagus river, the Península de Setúbal is a flat, sandy region with the exception of the Serra da Arrábida a short chain of mountains with clay and limestone soils. There are two DOCs here, Palmela north-east of the peninsula where the castelão grape is ideally suited to the sandy soils, and Setúbal, where a sweet fortified wine is made primarily from muscat of Alexandria.The Alentejo province stretches south from the Tagus to the Algarve and east to the border with Spain and covers almost a third of continental Portugal. Divided into seven diverse sub-regions, the undulating hills are home to many crops. Despite the challengingly arid climate here, this is a dynamic region, referred to sometimes as Portugal's 'new world'.
"For us, this is the best wine in the 2018 'Cinderellas' in Red mixed case. Very enjoyable with a lovely, mellow, rounded flavour (though not much bouquet). "
"For us, this is the best wine in the 2018 'Cinderellas' in Red mixed case. Very enjoyable with a lovely, mellow, rounded flavour (though not much bouquet). "
" Very versatile wine, full of dark fruit and seasoned with dried herbs and a twist of pepper. This would be equally at home with a margherita pizza as the steak and kidney pudding we drank it with"
I would recommend this wine
"I really enjoyed this. Lighter than I expected for this blend, fruit led and perhaps a bit too drinkable!"
"Sorry didn't like this year's version.
Not a bad wine, perfectly drinkable , but didn't like the herbal bouquet and flavour; tasted a bit medicinal."
Henry's World of Booze 15th Mar 2020
Dão makes some of Portugal’s most distinctive
reds (you can read something I wrote on the region here). This is a great
example, combining ripe plummy fruit, quite grippy tannins (this is not a
Netflix and chill sort of wine) and a floral herbaceous quality. It’s a serious
wine at a silly price.
- Henry Jeffreys
"Fantastic. Great value, best wine we have had from Wine Society"
Mr Tristan Heywood (06-Dec-2019)
"Nicely balanced wine with quite a fragrant nose. Red fruits, some tannins and medium weight on the palate. Pleasant if rather short finish. Altogether a very agreeable experience. I will buy again. "
Mr John Lay (28-Oct-2019)
"Soft, voluptuous and full. An absolute cracker of a wine."
Mr Steven Naylor (04-Oct-2019)
"A great value easy drinking red. Smooth enough to fool you into thinking you are enjoying a much more expensive wine."
Mr Roger Godfrey (05-Sep-2019)
"This has been a long-standing favourite, and fared very well in an informal blind-tasting recently - not a complex wine, quite dense herby / stewed fruit (better than it sounds!) / cherry-ish taste - medium bodied with just enough tannin to keep it all together. We drink on its own, but excellent with chicken / lamb too. Distinctive and delicious and has led to exploration of other Portuguese wines at higher price points that have yet to match it...
Mr Richard P Keatinge (07-Aug-2019)
"This wine is superb! Such colour and taste are wonderful and give a distinct insight tp Dao wine production. Well done."
Mr Robert Hutchings (16-May-2019)
Saga Magazine (22nd Aug 2019)
"… a lightly chillable
summer red with cherry fruit and a herbal lift. - Joe Fattorini"
The Press Association (14th Aug 2019)
"... with its
plush, herb-scented cherry fruit [this] comes highly recommended. - Sam Wylie-Harris"
The Scotsman (20th Apr 2019)
"Another example of
the value you can get from Dão. Soft velvet textured red with herby garrigue
and sweet pine notes from its setting amongst the pine forest of Dao on the
slopes of Serra de Estrela. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Excellent value for money. It was full of taste and held its own with a chorizo-based stew. I have ordered more!"
Mrs Jane Shuter (25-Mar-2019)
"At this price, a silky-smooth bargain"
Ms Polly Payne (17-Mar-2019)
"Fruity but rather dry and tannic to the extent that it was unbalanced. A bit disappointing."
Dr Andy Rawlins (03-Feb-2019)
"Not my usual Dao. Taste Ok but lacks real body and fruit."
Mr Kevin Richardson (28-Sep-2018)
"A delightful red which is proving very popular with friends. Smooth and very 'quaffable'. it is certainly on my re-order list. "
Mr Andrew Wellstead (02-Aug-2018)
"Light, bright and flavoursome, this wine deserves a place on my repeat order list."
Mr Tom Bulley (15-May-2018)
rosemurraybrown.com (2nd Feb 2019)
"Unoaked red with herb
and cherry fruit aromas, initially with a soft velvety texture finishing with
gripping tannins. Made by Magnum Vinhos in Carregal do Sal, set up by
Carlos Lucas and others who met at Dao Sul winery. - Rose Murray Brown"
"Very smooth, yet with firm tannins. Nose is deep plum like a good Portuguese, but with vanilla oak. Taste is soft and muted, aftertaste is disappointing"
Mr Matthew Utting (01-Apr-2018)
"Warm yet fresh wine with structured tannins on the finish and very smooth to drink. Have included three more in the next order - would recommend."
Mr Callum Montgomery (20-Jan-2018)
"An excellent example of smooth,fresh easy drinking Dao.No tannins and a showcase of modern Portuguese wine making.Very good value."
Mr Paul Davies (12-Nov-2017)
"I have ordered and re-ordered this wine many times. It is always a delight. Rich and robust, great for BBQs but also for an elegant dinner party. GREAT value for money."
Mrs Linda Walton (21-Aug-2017)
"Very drinkable; good value."
Mr David Robinson (26-Oct-2016)
"Good body and structure. Very palatable and a good example of the quality available from Portugal."
Mr Christian Marney (23-Mar-2016)
"Dark, intense, inky, slight medicinal character. This one stood out from the crowd at last years Portugal tasting in terms of value for money. I thought I was tasting a bottle twice the price. This one seems best drunk soon after opening, when I returned to it 24 hours later it had lost some of it's vigour."
Mr Anthony O'Halloran (26-Feb-2016)
"Lots of fruit and hints of sweetness, but plenty of spice and tannin to balance it. I think this would go beautifully with pink roast beef, but complimented my slow roast lamb very nicely too. Stunning value for £7.25."
Mr David Halliwell (21-Feb-2016)
"A very good value bottle - it was already enjoyable on first opening in an easy full-bodied fruity way but with firm tannins but after I left it a couple of days it blossomed into a gorgeous sumptuous drink full of luscious plummy fruits but with a structure that demonstrates its class beyond its price."
Mr Andrew Friedhoff (14-Feb-2016)
"Fresh and light on the front palate. Peppery finish. Went very well with food (roast beef) 88/100"
Mr Andrew Swann (04-Jan-2016)
"Excellent example of 'under-rated' Portugal. Tons of fruit, velvety on the palate. Great wine at great value. We will be re-ordering!"
Mrs Linda Walton (30-Dec-2015)
"This is a great example of why Portugal is under rated when it comes to red wines. Medium body with just the right amount of tannin. Bags of flavour and very flexible; I just had it with roast chicken. Controversial? Perhaps. But it worked perfectly. This will go with a range of foods and please a variety of red wine preferences as such, one to have on stand by for sure. I wouldn't necessarily drink it on its own, but that's only because of the strength. Any normal person would not worry about such things and dive in."
Mr Tom Watts (22-Nov-2015)
"This fat little bottle of wine is fine for the price, but a little austere for a Portuguese red. I've tried a few bottles of it as I thought perhaps I was missing something. The first glass holds great promise, with rich licks of liquorice. I expected the wine to then open up with time and air (even when decanted) into something quite special, but it remains stubbornly closed. Nice, but not a favourite."
Mr Kevin Barry (06-Oct-2015)
"Really great wine for the price, has depth and flavour of wines twice the price. Cheaper than what I would normally buy however I ordered a few wines at this price range to try to find something decent and this was by far the best, will be ordering more."
Mr Jonathan Woodward (06-Sep-2015)
"Took this to a dinner party and it got good reviews all around. Distinctively Portuguese and pleasurable drinking. Recommended at this price."
Mr Daniel Chaquico (26-Jul-2015)
Square Meal (8th May 2016)
boisterous and juicy youngster packed with flavours of red berries with
smoky, herby overtones, and something of the cool freshness that granite
soils seem to bring to a wine. All the better for an hour's decanting before
- Simon Woods
Decanter (24th Feb 2016)
"This unoaked number
has bags of damson and cherry fruits on offer. A blend of touriga nacional,
alfrocheiro and tinta roriz, it's a modern version of the traditional Dão red.
Supple and vibrant, it has refreshing acisity and grippy tannins with a herbaceous
hint on the finish. - Christelle Guibert"
JancisRobinson.com (9th Dec 2015)
"Unoaked. Very dark
crimson. Huge concentration and seriousness for the money. Structure and polish
– not remotely like the old Dãos. Well-managed tannins. Sweet fruit. Very good
value. 16.5/20 Jancis Robinson"
The Times (21st Nov 2015)
"The Times Top 100
Winter Wines: Anyone sipping this lush, inky, herb, sloe and blueberry-packed,
unoaked red with pulled pork or roast pork belly will have a great time. - Jane MacQuitty"
The Observer (8th Nov 2015)
blends are every bit as good as [the Douro's]. They tend to have more of a
twang of cherry-like acidity and freshness, with the fruit a shade redder, and
with a streak of herb to go with touriga’s trademark floral character. - David Williams"
The Scotsman (7th Nov 2015)
"Really enjoyed the
damson and cherry fruits of this wine (and the price). Bursting with succulent
fruit (the kind of dark luscious fruit you find in port), firm tannins and a
dusty earthy finish so typical of Dão. Another good example of modern Dão,
here with an enticing mellowness from a bit of bottle age. - Rose Murray Brown"
thewinegang.com (3rd Nov 2015)
"What a lovely wine
this is for the price – unoaked to show off the pure fruit character, with a
touch of violets, lavender and rosemary adding aromatic interest to the bright
red cherry, plum and blackberry, and with a refreshing streak of acidity and
supple, gently grippy tannins for combining with duck and lamb chops. 88/100"
"Enjoyable BBQ wine (lamb kebabs). Rather syrah-like - spicy and herby but not the fruit-forward wine I was expecting. Seemed to have some oak but not sure where this could have come from. Good value."
Mr David Bricknell (27-Jul-2014)
"Very dark colour gives a hint of the pleasure to come. Wow, what a flavour! From the first sip, this is tremendous."
Mr Wilfrid J Underwood (31-Dec-2013)
"Boxing day 2013. Three WS members together doing what WS members do best. Introduced by brother in law Nick as a possible good try. He was absolutely right. None of us had tasted it before and all enjoyed enormously. Great value. Surprised by the smoothness and depth not knowing Portuguese wine. All agree we will be buying more."
Mr Simon Mountford (26-Dec-2013)
Financial Times (2nd Nov 2013)
"Portuguese wines are routinely underpriced. This unoaked Dão may not be the most traditional but offers stunning value without sacrificing Dão’s appeal and ageability. (One of Jancis Robinson's favourite wines under £10)"
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