Pacto Palhete, Douro Tinto, Carvalho Martins 2022


75cl ALC 12.5%

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Press Review

"Palhete is made from a blend of red and white grapes, and this example is juicy and supple with light red fruits, showing cherries and berries with a lovely ease to it."

Jamie Goode, The Sunday Express

October 15, 2022

Familia Carvalho Martins

Quinta Vale do Olmo has been in the Carvalho Martins family for four generations, with vines originally planted in the early 20th century by the great grandfather of current owners (and brothers) Vasco and Rui Martins.

During the 1980s, their parents increased plantings of indigenous varieties, taking the estate up to its current standing of 25ha but it wasn’t until 2014, when the brothers returned from careers in Banking and Law, that they stopped selling their fruit in order to make their own wines. The vineyards are in the Douro Superior, close to the small city of Mêda, on the Douro border of the Beira Interior and only about 25km from Spain. Winters are long, Summer is hot and dry, and the growing season tends to run 2-3 weeks after the Cima Corgo. High diurnal temperature ranges and altitudes of 550-600m provide terrific natural acidity, while the schist/granite and quartz-rich soils give great mineral expression to the wines. Sustainable methods are used throughout the vineyard and winery. The wines are labelled as Golpe (‘coup’) which refers to the change from selling their fruit to producing their own wines. Pacto (‘pact’) is their promise to the family, the vineyard, and their region, while Famila Carvalho Martins is reserved for their limited releases. A new winery and cellar was built in the town around 2014 with plans to develop eno-tourism, and there is a marvellous large dovecote repurposed as a unique tasting room!

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STANDARD MAINLAND UK DELIVERY – up to 5 working days

Delivery is FREE on orders of £150 or more to a single address in mainland UK.

Please add £9.95 post & packing per delivery address for orders under £150.

Unless advised otherwise, you will normally receive your delivery in 5 working days*, Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pm. Please contact us should this not be the case.

*You should allow longer for delivery to the Scottish Highlands.


£5 on orders of £150 or more to a single address in mainland UK.

For orders under £150 please add £14.95 per delivery address.

Usually delivered the next working day (on orders placed before 1pm on a working day).

Please note, whilst the majority of parcels sent on this service are received the next working day, this is not guaranteed and excludes the Scottish Highlands.


Saturday Delivery is charged at a flat rate of £25. Orders must be received by 1pm Friday.

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Our couriers can deliver to most geographically remote locations but do bear in mind that these do incur a higher delivery charge and will take longer to arrive.

Isle of Wight and Northern Ireland ‒ first case (up to 12 x 75cl) is charged at a flat rate of £25 then £10 per subsequent case.

Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and Scottish Offshore Islands ‒ first case (up to 12 x 75cl) is charged at a flat rate of £30 then £10 per subsequent case.

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