This mini Barca-Velha is tremendous. A wine of great intensity, complexity and elegance. Full-bodied with ripe red and black fruits, floral notes, tobacco box, cocoa and spice. I could go on .... Fantastic value, even at this price.
45% Touriga Franca , 30% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinto Cão, 10% Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo)
Upon arrival at the Quinta da Leda winery, the hand-harvested grapes were fully destemmed and gently crushed. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks and the varieties were co-fermented, though the grapes from the best sites began fermentation in robotic lagares with a day of pigeage. An extended post-fermentation maceration on the skins achieved optimum levels of extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. The wines were then aged for 18 months in 225-litre and 500-litre French oak barrels, around 50% of which were new. After numerous tastings and analysis, the final blend was assembled by Luís Sottomayor and the winemaking team and was lightly filtered before bottling.
Casa Ferreirinha was the first Douro producer dedicated entirely to making table wines, rather than Port. Its origins date back to 1952 when Fernando Nicolau de Almeida produced the first ever vintage of Barca-Velha and kickstarted the quality revolution in Douro table wines. Named after the legendary Dona Antónia Ferreira, one of the formidable widows of the world of wine, Casa Ferreirinha pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman. Today, the winemaking team is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a vibrant freshness allied to a lovely texture and depth.
|Grapes||Touriga Franca,Touriga Nacional,Tinta Cao,Tinta Roriz|