A stunning example of the Jean (also known as Mencia) grape. This has a savoury spice one the nose with a light liquorice note and intense red berry and black cherry fruit. On the palate it is very powerful with cherry and blackberry fruit, herbaceous hints and elegant tannins on a long finish supported by fresh acidity. There's lots to enjoy in this now, but it's structure gives this ageing potential for 5-6 years.
Try with a slow cooked lamb ragout and pasta
Maias is the local name for the Weaver's Broom plant which surrounds the estate here (its yellow flowers blossom in May in this part of Dao, hence its nickname - Maio is the word for May).
In the foothills of the Serra de Estrela (Star Mountain), Quinta das Maias was first established in 1893. It is now a registered organic estate, capturing the freshness and focus that this vineyard offers. A haven for the Jaen variety, known in Spain as Tinta Mencia in Bierzo, Maias is a unique terroir.