This is a juicy, crunchy Portuguese red using the Jean grape (also known as Mencia) grown at high altitude vineyards in the Dao region. The cooler climate at this altitude results in vibrant, bright flavours of wild blackberries and cassis with a natural tart zing. On the palate it is has good concentration and finishes with soft tannins and refreshing finish.
This wine is great with roast meats or try it chilled in the summer with a little charcuterie.
"We love Portuguese wine. There's a freshness to this wine that makes it very appealing. It captures the crunchy juiciness of eating a blackberry straight from the bush. Try it with grilled meats."
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.