Grape Varieties: Alicant Bouschet
Tasting Notes: A wine that is a tribute to my father, Júlio Bandeira Bastos. It is a wine that results from the selection of the best grapes from old vineyards in Alicante Bouschet, which have been trodden in marble presses and vinified at controlled temperatures. The aging is done in new French oak barrels for 14 months. The wine has an opaque and violet color of ruby, with pure aromas of Chinese ink, liquorice, notes of wild fruits and balsamic. In the mouth it is very broad, dense and silky, with ripe and round tannins.
Best served, decanted 1.5 to 2 hours prior and drunk at about 15 to 17 degrees.
Pairing Suggestions: A hearty Grilled Steak, Lamb/Beef Stew,
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It was only in 1988 that its current owner Julio Bastos started commercializing the wines produced here both nationally and internationally, the famous Garrafeiras of 1985, 1986, 1987, always known for it’s superior quality.
In 1992, Júlio Bastos, wishing to ensure its growth and, at the same time, the distribuition of his wine production, sold 50% of the Sociedade Agrícola Quinta do Carmo to the Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite). It was then that the old winery was transferred from Quinta de Dona Maria, or Quinta do Carmo, to the Estate called Herdade das Carvalhas, which belongs since then to that company.
Never having given up on the idea of again producing his own wine, it was at the beggining of the new millennium that the opportunity arose. Júlio Bastos then decided to sell his shares in the Sociedade Agrícola Quinta do Carmo, and started this new project, Dona Maria wines.
In 2003 the first harvest of a new stage in the long life of this estate took place , whereby the concept is the production of quality wines allied with a family project, distinctive feature of this estate throughout the years
Since the beginning of this project the Dona Maria wines have been recognized, not only by the public but also by opinion leaders. Having achieved high scores in international magazines such as WineSpectator, Robert Parker and Wine Enthusiast, as well as in many international competitions, the Great Gold Medal award, with the wine Dona Maria Reserva 2003, was a great achievement since it had, until then, been the first-ever Portuguese wine to be awarded this distinction.
Nationally the situation repeated itself. In 2009, Júlio bastos, was named “Producer of the Year” by the prestigious “Revista de Vinhos”, as well as awarded many excellence prizes.
Dona Maria Julio Bastos