2016 Casa Ferreirinha, `Quinta da Leda` Douro

2016 Casa Ferreirinha, `Quinta da Leda` Douro

2016 Casa Ferreirinha, Quinta da Leda


Silver


International Wine Challenge 2019




Quinta da Leda is Casa Ferreirinha’s most prestigious property. Based in the Douro Superior close to the border with Spain, this wine has flavours of ripe blackberry and damson alongside wood spice, cedar, leather and tobacco leaf.


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Tasting Notes

Critics Score: 93

Publication: Mark Squires, Wine Advocate

Drinking Dates: 2019-2036

The 2016 Quinta da Leda is a blend of 50% Touriga Franca, 25% Touriga Nacional and 15% Tinto Cão and 10% Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. One of the prestige wines here, this rarely has the power of, say, Reserva Especial, but its elegance often makes it as much or more appealing, if not as attention getting. For instance, I'd take the 2009 Leda over the muscular Reserva Especial in that vintage. In any event, this is a particularly fresh version, sunny and lifted with a fine finish. This can be profitably drunk now, but it won't hurt if you can give it a couple of years to come around, pull in just a bit of wood and show some complexity. I think this is a step behind some recent vintages, but it's still early and this will have more time to develop. It is certainly very good, no matter what.

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2016 Casa Ferreirinha, `Quinta da Leda` Douro

This producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira. She was affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, and Casa Ferreirinha, the first producer in the region dedicated to making light wines, pays homage to her memory. Purchased by Sogrape in 1987, it has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions: Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior. The winemaking is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a lovely depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda.

Quinta da Leda’s 160 hectares of vines were planted in collaboration with the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro de Vila Real, where a study was carried out on clonal research to select the best varieties in the Douro. The findings decided the varieties to be chosen and planted on this estate. The soil in the Douro Valley is schistous, a slate-like metamorphic rock that is poor in nutrients but has useful water retention properties. The poor quality of the soil forces the grapes to produce low yields but in turn very high-quality grapes.

The wine was made at the modern winery at Quinta da Leda. After full destemming, the grapes were gently crushed before being transferred to stainless-steel tanks and granite “lagares”, where maceration and fermentation occurred. Maceration was adapted to each variety, controlling the temperature at all stages of the process and applying different pumping over techniques. The wines were transported to Vila Nova de Gaia where they continued their maturation for about 18 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. The final wine was lightly filtered before bottling.

The 2016 vintage had a generally dry, mild winter before continuous rain began towards the end of the season and extended into spring, accompanied by periods of low temperatures. These factors contributed to disease pressure requiring work in the vineyard to combat mildew. Summer was mild with occasional heatwaves and generally cold nights. This long and balanced end to ripening helped to produce wines of superior quality.