96 Points Decanter Magazine
Joao Paul Gouveia is the dynamic viticulturist partnered with the Wine and Vines consulting team that work with many producers throughout Dao. Pedra Cancela is his family’s vineyard, sited on slopes above the Dao river.
The 10 hectare vineyard is planted mostly in reds with half in Touriga Nacional (2 hectares over 40 years old) and the rest in Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Roriz. Half of these vineyards have provided experimental techniques and clonal material for Wine and Vines ongoing projects.
Pedra's styles are highly polished, modern-leaning examples of Dao. The use of Malvasina Fina with Encruzado is inspirational, adding just the right aromatic edge to Encruzado's minerality.
|"Some really intense vanilla oak, violet, leather and graphite character to this wine. Elegant Early Grey-infused palate with red fruits, chocolate, licorice and savory minty finish." Decanter Magazine, 96 Points|