Quinta das Marias Cuvee TT Reserva 2013
This well-matched modern blend of Touriga-Nacional and Tinta-Roriz (Tempranillo) was partially fermented in traditional granite lagars and then aged for 12 months in French oak barriques. It offers an intense and spicy aroma of junipers and wood-berries. With an excellent structure of vibrant acidity, balanced fruit and firm tannins, this wine is sure to please.
In the 80s I managed the subsidiary of the Zurich Insurance Group in Portugal. During my frequent business trips throughout the country I grew very fond of the Dão region around Viseu. In 1991, my wife Elisabeth and I bought four hectares of abandoned land and a house, which resembled a ruin more than a habitable dwelling, in Oliveira do Conde. We called the farm «Quinta das Marias» as Elisabeth and our three daughters, Ester, Isabel and Julia, all have Maria as one of their names.
Firstly, we employed António Coelho Lopes as our caretaker, bought a tractor and planted two hectares of new vines. Thanks to the purchase of additional, bordering land we have since reached twelve hectares. It was important to us that we were not only investors: we wanted to work with our hands and create wine ourselves. With the aid of Eng. António Narciso and hard work, I taught myself to become the «Winemaker» of Quinta das Marias.
Legal requirements oblige us to only use grapes of our own production. These grapes are looked after with the greatest care, from the first pruning in winter right up to the harvest. From the very start, there was a clear determination and obligation to only produce wines of the highest quality. We believe that they should represent the Dão’s typical elegance and therefore withstand tough global competition.
We produced our first good wines in 1998. In 1999, Quinta das Marias already won a gold medal in the competition of the Dão DOC authority. The biggest highlight to date was the awarding of “Best Single-Variety Wine of the Year” for the Touriga-Nacional Reserva 2011 at the Portugal Wine Challenge – the most important wine competition in the country.
In 2012, the famous Portuguese wine journalist Rui Falcão wrote in the magazine «Fugas» about Quinta das Marias: «The story of the family Eckert shows eloquently how passion overrides reason, how a dream commands life and how love and passion can overcome all obstacles … In no time Quinta das Marias reached the top of the hierarchy of the Dão and serves as a great reference and role model in the region.»