Old vines planted in schistose soils in vertical rows at altitudes between 460 ft and 555 ft, facing south and west. This wine comes from a plot located on the margin (margem) of the Douro River, which characterizes the vineyard’s terroir and produces highly concentrated, ripe grapes.
2016, Wine Enthusiast – 91 points: ‘Cellar Selection’
Integrated Production (SATIVA certified)
Winter was cold and dry, followed by a hot and dry spring. Lower temperatures at the beginning of summer actually accelerated red grape ripenning, allowing for concentrated, healthy grapes with good acidity.
AGE OF VINES
Vines planted in 1980
Hand-picked grapes. Vinification in traditional granite lagares. Foot treading. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts.
Aged in used 500-liter French oak casks for 9 months.
David Baverstock and José Luís Moreira da Silva
Deep with violet hues.
Intense and exuberante, showing mature dark berry fruits, blackberrys and blackcurrants, with balsamic and soft spicy barrel notes.
Great concentration, with mature tannins fused into a full bodied palate which has balancing acidity and potential for extended bottle maturation. Long and persistente finish with mature fruit aromatics.
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