2017 Casa Ferreirinha,  Vinha Grande Douro Tinto, 6x750ml

2017 Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Douro Tinto, 6x750ml

2017 Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Douro Tinto Vegan & Vegetraian Vinha Grande is the second oldest wine of the Douro Valley (after Barca Velha) and its heritage is noticeable in every sip. An elegant, complex wine with the structure of a fine Bordeaux exhibiting flavours of blackcurrant, leather and subtle oak spice.

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Case size: 16 / Bottle size: 750ml

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Deep ruby in colour. On the nose, this wine showcases intense aromas of blackberry, red cherry and plum alongside floral nuances and savoury notes of balsamic, tobacco box and spice. Velvety tannins and a well-integrated acidity on the palate with a long, harmonious finish.
2017 Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Douro Tinto
Vegan & Vegetraian
45% Touriga Franca , 30% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinta Barroca
Casa Ferreirinha, 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 all three of the Douro sub-regions: Baixo Corgo, Cima 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 vibrant freshness allied to a lovely depth and texture.
The Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Tinta Barroca grapes were sourced from the Quinta do Sairrão estate, which sits at 600m above sea level in the Cima Corgo region. The steep vineyards here are on schist soils with vines planted in both "vinha ao alto" vertical rows and "patamar" terraces. Grapes grown at this altitude benefit from a wide diurnal temperature range, with hot days counteracted by cool nights, and the grapes undergo an ideally paced slow ripening process, accumulating great flavour intensity whilst retaining freshness.
Vinified using state-of-the-art winemaking technology at both the Quinta do Seixo winery in the Cima Corgo and the Quinta da Leda winery in the Douro Superior. The grapes were destemmed and crushed prior to fermentation in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks with regular punch downs and pump overs. An extended maceration on the skins ensured optimal extraction of colour, flavour and tannin. The wine was then transferred to used French oak barrels and aged for around 12 months before the final blend was assembled and then bottled.
2017 was a very warm and dry year for the Douro with almost every month from December 2016 to August 2017 recording below average rainfall. Average temperatures were much higher than normal, especially in the crucial spring months of March, April, and May. This meant that the vine’s growing cycle was much more advanced than usual, often being one or two weeks ahead of the expected schedule. The advanced maturation of the vines and grapes coupled with heatwaves in June and July meant that the 2017 harvest was destined to be one of the earliest ever recorded. Harvest began on 7th August and ended on 22nd August.