Douro / Quinta dos Murças

Quinta dos Murças Reserva 2012

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Red

QUINTA - TRADITION - ELEGANCE
Sun Exposure South and West
Altitude 150 - 280 M
Slope 22º - 47º
Vineyard Vertical
Age of Vines 1980 - 1987
Soil Mica-schist

Wine Concept

Quinta dos Murças Reserva comes from old vines planted at altitudes between 150m (490 ft) and 280 meters (915 ft), facing west. This is the classic version of a ‘quinta’ (estate) wine, where the emphasis is on the terroir to produce elegant wines with great ageing potential.

Agriculture

Integrated production (SATIVA certified)

Very dry year, little rainfall during winter and spring. Mild summer, with cold nights during the last weeks of August. The production from this vineyard, by nature very low, was even lesser due to the lack of soil moisture.

SOIL TYPE
Schist

AGE OF VINES
40 years old

Grape Varieties

Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, 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 used French and American oak casks for 12 months.

More Information

This Douro DOC Reserva wine originates from the two oldest vineyards at the Quinta, planted at an altitude of 100 m and 300 m, facing south and south-west, in schist soils, and is produced respecting nature and by following sustainable agricultural methods. It showcases the Douro old vines’ potential for producing remarkably elegant wines with good ageing potential.

At our winery, the grapes are selected manually, trodden in granite tanks and pressed in an old vertical press.

Wine Makers

David Baverstock and Luís Patrão

Colour

Deep dark and intense.

Aroma

Complex and elegant aroma of mature dark berry fruits, with balsamic notes and integrated spicy notes from oak barrel ageing.

Palate

Firm and concentrated with balancing acidity, mature tannins well integrated in the body and volume. Long and persistent finish, balanced and elegant.

Formats

750 ml   ·   1,5 l

Bottling

May 2014

Alcohol/Volume

14.5 %

Total Acidity

5.5 g/l

pH

3.57

Reducing Sugar / Baumé

0.6 g/l