Joao Paul GouveiaPedra Cancela

Olivera de Barreiros

3500 889 Viseu

GPS N 40 35’ 54, 7 55 31 O

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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.



Pedra Cancela Branco 2010 This beautifully balanced wine offers up a lovely mix of freshness and florals from 40% Malvasina-Fina and rich textures from 60% Encruzado.  Beyond subtle spicy florals, it’s creamy smooth with a long lasting, finely tapered melt-away finish. It’s very much about elegance, polish and finesse. Tasted 10.2012

Pedra Cancela Reserva 2008 15% Considering its high alcohol level, this blend of 60% Touriga, 30% Alfrocheiro and 20% Roriz using Modern and Traditional styles shows remarkable balance and great integration. Savory red fruits and florals greet the nose, offering rich, full, expansive flavors of red and black fruits and a firm, but finely polished structure.  Tasted 10.2012

Pedra Cancela Reserva 2009 14% From a similar blend but hotter year than 2008, comparatively this shows more minerality than fruit on the nose and less concentration and power in the mouth. Offering a similar mix of savory red and black fruits, it is relatively finer, tighter, smoother and more elegant than the 2008. Tasted 10.2012

Pedra Cancela Touriga Nacional 2008 15% This is a huge, highly concentrated, alcoholic wine.  Spirity, leafy and floral on the nose, full, rich and deeply viscous in the mouth, packed with sappy, blackberry flavors. In contrast to the 2008 Reserva, I found this wine dominated by alcohol and out of balance for it, but others may love this style. With time in bottle it may all come together. Tasted 10.2012

Pedra Cancela Touriga Nacional 2009 14.3%  A balanced nose with a nice mix of flowers, minerality and fruit, is followed on by a fine texture, laced with lovely mix of black and red fruits, expansive tannins and great length. A great marriage of controlled power and focused elegance. Tasted 10.2012