Douro / Quinta dos Murças

Quinta dos Murças Margem 2016

2016 2015

Red

River - Heat - Concentration
Sun Exposure South and West
Altitude 140 - 170 M
Slope 30-47º
Vineyard Vertical
Age of Vines 1980 - 1987
Soil Schist Blocks and Pebbles

Wine Concept

Quinta dos Murças Margem results from a plot located on the margin (’Margem’) of the Douro River, facing south, which characterizes the vineyard’s terroir, and from low yielding vines, that produce intensely flavoured grapes.

Agriculture

Integrated production (SATIVA certified)

Following a very wet winter and cold spring, the vegetative cycle began two to three weeks later than normal. The summer was hot and dry, accelerating ripening and producing concentrated grapes with good acidity and aromas. The harvest near the river bank took place between 22th and 29th September.

SOIL TYPE
Schist

AGE OF VINES
Planted in 1980

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca

Vinification / Maturation

Hand-picked grapes, destemming, crushing, fermentation with indigenous yeasts and temperature control (25ºC – 28ºC) in granite ‘lagares’, foot treading and pressing in an old-style vertical press.

Aged in used 500-liter French oak casks for 9 months.

More Information

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and José Luís Moreira da Silva

Colour

Deep with violet hues.

Aroma

Intense and lively nose with dominant ripe black fruit, such as blackberry and cassis, balsamic aromas and soft spicy notes from oak barrel ageing.

Palate

Concentrated, with ripe tannins that are well integrated, which, along with its acidity, offer a good volume, body and freshness.  Persistent finish dominated by ripe fruit aromas, with potential for great longevity in the bottle.

Formats

750 ml   ·   1,5 l

Bottling

July 2017

Alcohol/Volume

13.5 %

Total Acidity

5 g/l

pH

3.68

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

0.6 g/l