Units in box: 6 x 0.75 l
Region: Porto and Douro
Producer: Quinta Vale D. Maria
2010 was characterized by the intense and big quantity of rainfall during the winter and spring, on average 35% to 49% higher than the average for the region in the last 30 years. Rainfall was evenly distributed along the seasons, only diminishing in May. June also saw an above the average rainfall. Rain only showed up again at the beginning of September, just in time to fine tune the maturation of the grapes. Temperatures throughout the period were within the average, with no significant events to undermine the normal growth of the grapes. Due to weather conditions, the vineyards development was some two weeks late, with an explosion of the vegetation in May. This created good conditions to the appearance of oidium and mildium, but preventive treatment was properly in place and none appeared in our vineyards. Maturation followed a very balanced path, with plenty of healthy leaves nourishing the fruit until harvest. Due to these facts, we were able to pick at a very good grape maturity, with well-balanced acidity levels. Yet another year, harvest happened under perfect weather conditions, with mild temperatures and dry weather.
At Quinta Vale D. Marias vinification center. Grapes are destalked, and foot trodden in lagares for 2 days, at a temperature between 16° and 18° Celsius before fermentation starts, and then fermented in the same lagares (50% of total) and in stainless steel vats (50% of total) with a capacity of 5.000 kgs, for about 8 days, at temperatures kept between 20° and 26° Celsius. Ageing in new (75%) and one-year-old (25%) French oak casks, for about 21 months.