The Meandro has a deep ruby colour, nose with flower, red and black fruit and berry aromas. Intense, fruity palate. As always with Meao the wood is well integrated, spices appear at the edges. Large, warm, soft tannins and lush fullness, combined with a fine freshness and elegant finesse. Long finish.
Meandro do Vale Meao Douro
"This family-run quinta, Vale Meão, is located in the far eastern edge of the upper Douro valley. I travelled to this beautiful estate by car, then a slow train, and finally a stomach-churrning, edge-of-the-cliff gravel road drive in 4x4. However, as the steep, vine-covered terraced came into view, all became clear. A ferric outcrop with red soils and rocky, near-vertical hillsides offers the perfect terroir for world-class touriga nacional. This is an expressive fresh delight with real depth and complexity, dense fruit and vibrant acidity and minerality. It is a wine built to age, but offering early drinking with good decanting. " - Tomás Clancy, The Sunday Business Post, 12 June 2016"The name of the wine comes from the huge horseshoe bend of the Douro River that surrounds the Meão vineyards on three sides. This is the second wine of the estate, ripe with tannins and packed with black fruits. It is developing quickly and will be ready to drink from late 2016." - 93 points, Wine Enthusiast April 2016" The 2013 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 38% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 12% miscellaneous grapes aged for 12 months in second and third use Allier barriques. After finishing the first round of tasting, I poured out the glass and took a new one just to make sure I wasn't mixing this up with the Estate Tinto. This Meandro did eventually become a bit less exuberant with air, but it seems full in the mouth on first taste, certainly relative to this level, and bursting with flavor as it airs out and opens up. All the while, it is very elegant. Everything this winery makes is just that, of course. There's a bit of a backbone, too. This is a good bargain in most years, but this year perhaps more than most because while the quality may be up, the price is also coming down--a nice twist to the typical story. " – 92 points, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate, Mark Squires, March 2016"The Douro river loops around the vineyards of Meão in a big meander, hence the name of this second wine from the estate. It has richness along with the fresh fruits and wonderful juicy acidity of the vintage. Underlying tannins lend their structure and promise medium-term aging." Drink from 2018. — 92 points, Wine Enthusiast, R.V, EDITOR'S CHOICE, June 2015"From the Douro Superior. Aromatic with garrigue herbs, juniper and lovely black fruits; structured and supple." 18/20 (93 points), Decanter Magazine, February 2015