2014 Legado, Douro Tinto
Availability: In stock
Case size: 3 / Bottle size: 750ml
- Tasting Notes
Critics Score: 98
Publication: Stephen Spurrier, Decanter
Drinking Dates: 2022-2040
98 points, Decanter, Steven Spurrier Dense black cherry fruit presented deep, lush flavours with the acidity kicking in to add polished length and perfect balance. An exceptional wine from an exceptional vineyard.
- Product Description
2014 Legado, Douro Tinto
35% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Rufete, 5% Tinta Amarela, 5% Tinta Barca and the rest from other native red varieties.
The grapes for Legado come from an 7.5 hectare plot of old vines in excess of 100 years' age at Quinta do Caedo in the Cima Corgo region of the Douro valley. The site occupies both banks of the Caedo tributary to the Douro river and is consisted of schistous soils.
2014 was an atypical year, in terms of weather. It was particularly rainy with a fresh summer notable for its changeable conditions. Highlights included a remarkably hot January and an August that was far cooler than normal. As a result, the grapes ripened two weeks earlier than usual, with the harvest starting at the beginning of September and carrying on during the breaks in rain in what was an extremely wet month.
Vinified at the state-of-the-art Quinta da Leda winery using select grapes from the old vineyards of Quinta do Caêdo. The grapes for this wine were chosen on arrival at the winery. After soft-crushing and total destemming, the grapes are transferred to stainless steel tanks or robotic lagares, where alcoholic fermentation took place. A long and smooth maceration ensues, at controlled temperatures, to achieve optimum aromatic and polyphenolic extraction.
Legado (‘legacy’) is as a tribute to Fernando Guedes, the son of the founder of Sogrape, and his passion for the unique viticultural heritage of the Douro Valley. He was the second generation to head up Sogrape and one of the first Portuguese oenologists to graduate from the University of Dijon in the mid 1950s. After returning to Portugal, Fernando increasingly believed in the need to draw attention to the quality of the ancient vineyards of the Ribeira de Caêdo valley. In 1990, Sogrape acquired Quinta do Caêdo and its 22 hectares of vineyards lying on both banks of the river. The estate has a treasure trove of low- yielding old vines planted on steep terraces. The vineyard used as a base for Legado is a seven-hectare site of hundred-year-old vines. These rows are retained by walls built over a century ago, Legado was first produced in 2012, and made from a selection of the finest fruit on these terraces.