Quinta D. Vale Maria, Vintage Port 750ml 2014Portugal, Douro
A blend of more than 25 different traditional Douro grape varieties, predominately Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca, but also Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Francisca, Sousão, and many others, all from old vines and more recent plantations of Quinta Vale D. Maria, vineyards ranging from 25 to 60 years old, from South, Southeast, Southwest, East and West facing vineyards. These grapes are the last ones to be picked, and averagedabove 15,5° Baumé.
At Quinta Vale D. Maria. Grapes were crushed by foot, before the fermentation, together with 15% of the total brandy which would be added to the final Port. This allows us to macerate the grapes at cooler temperatures and for a longer period before fermentation. When the must was ready for the addition of the remaining grape brandy, the fortification is made in one single moment, adding all the brandy to the must and skins in the lagar. Then some more treading ensures good homogenization of the whole wine and stops fermentation. The blend of must and brandy stays in the lagar for around two to four days more, with very short 10 minute treading twice a day. It is then racked to the storage vat together with all the press wine (we use traditional basket presses). The wines aged in ancient (more than 100 years old) oak and chestnut wood Port casks and small stainless steel vats, for about 18 months.
|Drink To||Long-term cellar|
|Producer||Quinta D. Vale Maria|
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