Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro Tinto 2018  £10.50


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CASA FERREIRINHA ESTEVA DOURO TINTO

This producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, the house pays homage to her memory and was the first house in the region dedicated to making light wines. 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.

The Esteva Douro Tinto is made primarily from grapes from the Quintas do Caêdo, Seixo and Porto estates, located in the Pinhão area, as well as grapes from surrounding areas at higher altitudes. The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is poor in nutrients and 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 2018 vintage saw a cold and dry winter which was followed by an extremely wet spring which replenished water reserves in the soil but also affected flowering and increased disease pressure on the vine. These factors significantly reduced the yield but a hot and dry summer allowed for a balanced maturation and the fruit harvested was of excellent quality.

The bunches were harvested by hand and vinified at the winery at Quinta do Seixo. After destemming and gentle crushing, the grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks, with pumping over, at a controlled temperature of 25°C to preserve aromatics. Maceration was followed by malolactic fermentation in strictly controlled conditions to soften the acidity.

This wine is ruby red with intense floral notes of rose, spicy notes of black pepper and aromas of red fruits. It is smooth on the palate, with well-integrated acidity giving exceptional freshness and vivacity. Polished tannins support floral aromas and fresh red fruits resulting in a long and elegant finish.

 

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