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Casa Ferreirinha Papa Figos Douro Tinto 2018 (1x75cl)

The 2017 vintage was awarded 95 points, Gold and overall Trophy status (Portuguese Red Trophy and Great Value Red between £8 and £12) at the 2019 IWC (International Wine Challenge) in May 2019 (see blue link below for review and their tasting note).

Papa Figos 2017 - IWC 2019 award and review

This historic producer, founded in 1751, was purchased by Sogrape in 1987.  Today they have 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 the talented Luis Sottomayor, who manages to restrain the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Estevo and Papa Figos, allied to a wonderful depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Red and Quinta da Leda.

About 25% of the grapes for Papa Figos come from Casa Ferreirinha's Quinta da Leda estate, and the rest from producers owning north-facing vineyards at relatively high altitudes. The soil in the Duoro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. 

The golden oriole (papa figos in Portuguese) is one of the rarest birds in the Douro region. An attractive, brightly-coloured migratory bird, its uniqueness and rarity make it the perfect inspiration for this lovely wine.

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

After gentle destemming and crushing, the grapes were transferred to stainless steel tanks. Intense maceration is achieved by pumping over. After maceration, the wine is run off the solids, the free-run wine is kept separate from the press wine. Malolactic fermentation was encouraged in controlled conditions. The blend was selected and remained in stainless tanks throughout the winter. 25% of the total of the blend spent eight months in used French oak barrels, and the final blend was bottled after 12 months.

35% Tinta Roriz, 30% Tinta Barroca, 20% Touriga Franca, 15% Touriga Nacional.

This wine is ruby red in colour with violet nuances. Intensely aromatic with fresh black fruits, red berries, heather, chocolate and balsamic savoury spice on the nose. The spicy red fruit profile follows onto the full bodied palate that balances smooth tannins with well-integrated acidity on the long lasting finish.

ABV = 13.5%.

£11.60

Herdade do Peso Trinca Bolotas Alentejo Tinto 2019 (1x75cl)

** STOCK WITH US ON MON 28th SEPTEMBER **

** NB: this is the 2019 vintage. The 2018 vintage was the DWWA20 winner. There are very few bottles of the DWWA-winning 2018 vintage left in the UK: ours have gone already. The delay in the DWWAs this year means the vintage has sold through before the awards could be made! The 2019 is still excellent! **

The 2018 vintage (now depleted in the UK) was awarded a Platinum medal and 97 points at the 2020 Decanter World Wine Awards (click link for details and review).

For other 2020 DWWA winners, click here.

The Guedes family had always rated the quality of the Herdade do Peso grapes – they had been using them in their Vinha do Monte wines since the early 1990s – and jumped at the opportunity to purchase the estate in 1996. Situated in the south of the Alentejo, in the sub-region of Vidígueira, the Herdade do Peso estate covers a total of 457 hectares, 160 hectares of which are currently planted with vines. Winemaker Luís Cabral de Almeida makes expressive and generous wines that reflect the warmer climate of the Alentejo.

Despite its southerly location, Vidígueira is one of the cooler Alentejo sub-regions and benefits from cool Atlantic air funnelled inland from the coast by a gap in the surrounding mountains. Limestone soils help to control vine vigour and lend elegance to the wines. All of the Herdade do Peso vineyards are sustainably farmed and an on-site dam provides much-needed water to irrigate the vineyards during the Alentejo summers.

After destemming and gentle crushing, the must was left to macerate for three to four days prior to fermentation, to increase the wine’s aromatic and phenolic complexity. Alcoholic fermentation took place at a controlled temperature of 26ºC with gentle pumping over to preserve the fruit and extract smooth tannins. After malolactic fermentation, 70% of the wine was kept in stainless-steel tanks with the remainder aged in used French oak barrels, for six months. The wine was lightly fined and filtered prior to bottling

44% Alicante Bouschet, 40% Touriga Nacional, 16% Aragonez/Aragonês.

This wine is intense ruby red in colour. On the nose, there are vibrant aromas of red fruits and floral nuances - courtesy of the Touriga Nacional, On the palate, it is well-balanced, with smooth tannins and a lively, refreshing acidity. A perfect food wine with excellent structure and a lingering finish.

ABV = 14.0%.

£12.45

M Chapoutier Dos Lusiadas Eleivera 2016 (1x75cl)

In 2009, Michel Chapoutier picked out a plot in the Douro Valley. A small – very small – plot of 3 hectares, but full of promise: Eleivera. Here, the winters are tough, the summer a long, dry heatwave. To get sufficient output, Michel Chapoutier joined forces with local producers and worked with them to grow touriga nacional, a typical Portuguese grape. The result was Pinteivera and Eleivera, two representatives of this region, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Terroir: Highly altered schist soil on the surface with a subsoil of unaltered schist from 30-40cm.

Harvest: The grapes are hand-picked in small crates of 20kg.

Vinification: in small tanks with a long vatting of more than 4 weeks.

Maturing: The wine is matured in concrete tanks and French oak barrels of 2 to 4 years.

This wine is 100% Touriga Nacional.

The apperance is elegant, pale yellow flecked with green. The nose is fresh, fruity aromas of peaches and pears with citrus notes. The palate is clean and fresh on entry, with perceptible volume on the mid-palate. The finish is broad and taut with citrus aromas.

ABV = 13.5%.

£13.15

Quinta Da Plansel Plansel Selecta Reserva 2016 (1x75cl)

Dorina Lindemann, one of the most well-known female oenologists in Portugal, has developed her wines of distinctive character at her 65-hectare Quinta da Plansel wine estate. While Portuguese wines are much known for their blending, Quinta da Plansel focuses primarily on monovarietal wines. Doing so allows the true potential of the grape to be revealed, as is the case with the Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, and Tinta Barroca, often used individually to produce their top wines.

Here, in Montemor-o-Novo, in the Evora sub-region of the Alentejo, a unique microclimate provides excellent conditions for pithy terroir wines. Soils are residual granite and metamorphic sedimentary. Plenty of sun, low rainfall, and the large differences between maximum and minimum temperatures ('diurnal range') combine to produce the climatic conditions required for fine, aromatic grapes which are harvested only when mature. Competent work in the vineyard and the cellar, and a love of precise attention to detail result in some very special wines indeed. 

For this wine, hand-picked grapes are chilled overnight and then slowly fermented within 4 weeks in traditional lagars. Maturation is for 12 months in French oak barriques.

50% Aragonez and 50% Tinta Barroca.

Intense dark garnet color. Sweet and concentrated wild fruit with soft floral hints. A touch of dark chocolate, vanilla and marzipan. On the palate a little earthy with an idea of canned fruit, very dense, smooth and elegant with an amazing soft and fruity finish.

Ageing potential is around 5 years from vintage.

ABV = 14.5%.

£15.85
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