At his beautiful 18th century estate, José Lobo makes some of our best-loved Portuguese reds. Centenário is his finest – a blend of native grapes from a special 100-year-old vineyard. Trodden by foot, aged in French oak, its rich, dark and spicy.
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Velvety black fruits, dark chocolate, spice and firm tannins
Ripe plum, damson, blackberry with cinnamon spice, clove, creamy oak
José Lobo de Vasconcelos’s estate has been in the family for 250 years. It boasts 125 hectares of beautiful vineyards in Portugal’s Tejo, but there's just one small vineyard that José preserves just as it always has been – surrounded by equally old olive trees. That’s just the way farmers used to plant out their land a century back. And José wouldn’t dream of changing it, even though the authorities complain it's against the rules. The vines are a mix of varieties, a field blend, just like the old days, which accounts for the wine's gorgeous rich depth of flavour. The grapes are all handpicked and trodden by foot in the cellar's traditional old lagars (large stone troughs) to get maximum flavour, then aged in French oak for complexity.
"Magnificent, rich red from this 100-year-old 'illegal' vineyard. Open early and decant"
Jehan Sacaze Buyer for Portugal
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