Douro / Quinta dos Murças

Murças Minas

Red

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

Wine Concept

The vineyards are planted in schistose soils both vertically and on terraces at altitudes between 360 ft and 985 ft. South-facing, there are five water springs (called minas) that help to cool the area and influence the vineyard’s terroir. This is a concentrated wine, with a balance of ripe fruit and the characteristic freshness of Quinta dos 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

Hand-picked grapes. Vinification in traditional granite lagares. Foot treading. Fermentation with indigenous yeasts.

Aged in concrete vats and used French oak casks for 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