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Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Rose 2019 £13.95
Casa Ferreirinha Vinha Grande Douro Rose 2019
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 Nacional is 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 are grown at this altitude benefit from a wide diurnal temperature range, with hot days counteracted by cool nights, and the grapes undergo an ideal slow ripening process, accumulating great flavour intensity whilst retaining acidity.
The 2019 vintage began with a cold and dry winter. Mild temperatures and lower than average rainfall in the spring created good conditions for budburst and flowering. Similarly, mild temperatures in the summer made for a long, balanced ripening period and the grapes harvested were top quality.
The grapes were hand-harvested into small 20kg boxes. Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were gently crushed and a controlled cold maceration took place prior to fermentation to extract aromatics and a delicate pale pink colour. Fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks at controlled temperatures. After fermentation the wine was kept in stainless steel to preserve its bright fruit profile, then the final blend was assembled and the wine was clarified and cold stabilised before bottling.
A delicate pale pink colour. On the nose, precise red fruit aromas of strawberry and cherry are coupled with hints of violet. Refreshing acidity on the palate carries the flavours onto the long, fresh finish.