Dona Maria Grande Reserva Tinto 2011
This wine vinified with selected grapes from old vines of Alicante Bouschet (50%), Petit Verdot and Syrah which are fermented in ancient marble "lagares" using the traditional foot-treading method, is slowly matured in new French oak barrels for one year. The wine shows a dark ruby colour and a rich wild fruit aroma, connecting with mint and spices. The falvour is intense and round, with silky tannins and a persistent finish.
This palace-like house from the beginning of the 18th century is held as a reference, not only for its beauty but also for its history and quality of its wines. Its interior is rich in tiles from the 18th Century, and the typical marble of the region can also be found all around the house. According to history, this estate was once acquired by king João V as a present to a lady of the court, D. Maria, with whom he was madly in love.
This estate and the wine currently produced here were named after this lady. The estate is also known as Quinta do Carmo because a few years after the construction of the house a chapel was built, dating from 1752, dedicated and consecrated to “Our Lady of Carmel”. The walled Garden, at the end of the patio, is surrounded by secular palm trees and nooks filled with history.