Douro / Quinta dos Murças

Murças Minas

Red

South - Freshness - Balance
Sun Exposure South
Altitude 110 - 300 M
Slope Variable
Terroir Schist; weathered schist; sandstone schist; weathered sandstone schist
Vinyard Patamares e Vinhas Verticais
Age of Vines 1987 - 2011

Wine Concept

Located on the right bank of the river, the majority of Quinta dos Murças’ vineyards face south. Minas are the most exposed vines, whose grapes become more concentrated. On these same slopes there are a number of springs that cool the atmosphere and foster a balance between the greater ripeness and freshness that characterises Murças.

Agriculture

Integrated Production (SATIVA certified)

The winter was cold and dry, followed by a spring that was hot and also dry. The colder-than-normal temperatures at the beginning of the summer meant that the red grapes ripened earlier, boasting good levels of acidity and concentration.

SOIL TYPE
Schist

AGE OF VINES
The oldest vines were planted in 1987 and the most recent in 2011

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão

Vinification / Maturation

Grapes hand-picked and bunch selected, destemming, crushing, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and temperature control (25ºC – 28ºC) in granite tanks, foot treading and pressed in an old-style vertical press.

Concrete vats and French oak casks for around 9 months.

More Information

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and José Luís Moreira da Silva

Colour

Intense with violets hues.

Aroma

Intense and concentrated with dominant ripe red fruit, floral and balsamic aromas.

Palate

Elegant with firm, ripe tannins and well-integrated acidity, a long and lingering finish that offers a balance of freshness and ripeness.

Formats

750 ml

Bottling

August 2016

Alcohol/Volume

14 %

Total Acidity

5.5 g/l

pH

3.55

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

0.8 g/l