Douro / Quinta dos Murças

Quinta dos Murças Minas 2018

2018 2017 2016 2015

Red

South - Freshness - Balance
Exposição Solar South
Altitude 110M-300M
Declive Variable
Vinha On levels and vertically-trained
Ano da Vinha 1987-2011
Solo 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.

Awards

Vintage 2015

Mundus Vini – Gold

Wine&Spirits – 90 Pts

Vintage 2016

Wine Enthusiast – 90 Pts

Mundus Vini – Gold

Vintage 2017

Wine Enthusiast – 91 Pts

Agriculture

This was another atypical year in the Douro. Winter was cold and dry, Spring was cold and very rainy, and Summer, initially cold and rainy, then turned hot and extremely dry, marked by effects of sunstroke and dehydration at the beginning of August. This unstable climate had a substancial impact on the decline in production. Ripening cursed later than usual; therefore we only began to harvest Minas vineyards on 18th of September. The grapes presented very good acidity, resulting in fresh, aromatic and elegant wines.

SOIL TYPE
Schist

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

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Roriz

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 2019

Alcohol/Volume

13 %

Total Acidity

5.2 g/l

pH

3.64

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

0.6 g/l