Winemaking and aging at the Quinta Vale D. Maria winemaking center. The grapes are destemmed and trodden in mills for 2 days, at a temperature between 16 ° and 18 ° C before fermentation starts, and then fermented in the same mills (50% of the total) and in stainless steel vats (50% of the total). ) with a capacity of 5,000 kg, for about 8 days, at temperatures maintained between 20 ° and 26 ° Celsius. Aging in new French oak barrels (75%) and one year (25%), for about 21 months.
Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Donzelinho Tinto, Tinta Francisca, Sousão, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
This red is incredibly deep, violet, dark red and purple, with a very high concentration of ripe aromas of dark red fruits, black cherries and plums. The aging in new oak barrels concentrates the original mature tannins of the wine and helps to soften its power, resulting in a very elegant wine, with great balance and refinement and a very long and fruity finish.
Store and serve advice:
It should be served at a temperature of 16ºC to 18ºC.
Pairing with food:
This wine finely accompanies red meats, roast beef and grilled meat.
Reviews and awards:
. 97 points Robert Parker;
. 94 points Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 18.5 points Revista de Vinhos;
. 18 points Vinho Grandes Escolhas;
. Silver Medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012 (2009);
. Bronze Medal International Wine Challenge 2012 (2009).