Quinta dos Murças Minas 2016

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

Wine Concept

Quinta dos Murças Minas vineyards are located at altitudes between 110m (360 ft)  and 300m (985 ft). South-facing, there are five water springs (in portuguese, ‘minas’) that help to cool the area and influence the vineyard’s terroir. This is an elegant wine, with a balance of ripe fruit and the characteristic freshness of Quinta dos Murças.

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, producing concentrated grapes with good acidity and aromas. The harvest took place between 6th September and 7th October.

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, 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 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 violet hues.

Aroma

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

Palate

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

Formats

750 ml   ·   1,5 l

Bottling

July 2017

Alcohol/Volume

13.5 %

Total Acidity

5.5 g/l

pH

3.68

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

0.6 g/l