Units in box: 6 x 0.75 L | 1 x 1.5 L | 1 x 3 L
Region: Porto and Douro
Producer: Quinta do Vale Meão
This wine derives from a rigorous selection of grapes produced in the oldest vineyards of the Quinta: Vale Grande, Cabeço das Pulgas, Casa das Máquinas, Três encostas and Poente da Viola. This results in a blend of varieties in which Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca usually represent 90% and are complemented by Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão.
Each grape variety is harvested and vinified separately. After being crushed and de-stemmed into granite ‘lagares’ they are trodden by foot. Later they are transferred to stainless steel tanks where fermentation takes place during eight days. After the alcoholic fermentation, one part of the wine undergoes malolactic fermentation in barriques.
The ageing is done for 16 to 18 months in barriques which are 50% new and 50% used.
This is the latest release from an estate that was founded in the 19th century by the legendary Dona Antónia Ferreira at a time when the upper Douro was almost inaccessible. This wine continues the line of magnificent wines created by her descendants. It is structured and dense yet poised. The rich dark fruit has melded with the tannins, although both will take much more time to fully develop. Drink 2023–2030.