Hand-harvest at their finest, the grapes are destemmed, crushed and vinified in a careful maceration with extraction of colour, tannins and pellicle aromas, complemented by permanent pumping during fermentation. This process takes place in vats at a temperature between 28-30ºC, until reaching the desired Baumé. At this phase grape brandy is added (benefit), originating a fortified wine. A wine of an exceptional quality, from a single harvest, being bottled between the second and third year after the harvest. Originally deep-red coloured, complex, full-bodied and with a remarkable ageing potential.
- PRT - Douro
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep purple-black colour.
In the nose it is full of powerful red fruits and balsamic floral notes. A structured Vintage, impetuous and fortified with surprising deepness and an enormous potential.
In the taste, exhale the firm and vigorous tannins, harmoniously blended with the concentrated and silky flavours which are perpetuated in the long and superb finish.
The wine should be stored in a fresh, dry and dark place, without temperature variations, and the bottle must remain in a horizontal position. This wine can be kept in bottle for an indefinite period, without any damage to the quality of its proprieties and character. Once opened, it should be decanted and consumed within 2 to 3 days. The periods here suggested are merely for guidance, not implying the deterioration of the wine but only a slow evolution that can lead to the loss of its original sensorial characteristics.
The explosion of fruit and the singularity of the style justify the extraordinary marriage with rich chocolate desserts, like chocolate fondants with redcurrant sauce or black chocolate mousse. Blue or hard cheeses, “Serra da Estrela” type, are also an excellent combination. The exceptional quality of this wine makes it unique and worthy of being enjoyed alone or with a pleasant cigar. Serve at a temperature between 12 and 14 ºC.