'Minas', Quinta dos Murças, Esporão, Douro, Portugal, 2017

A stunning red wine from Portugals most prestigious wine region.

Quinta dos Murças covers 155 hectares along 3.2 km of the Douro’s right bank, it is characterized for its 8 terroirs, very marked by mountains, different altitudes and sun exposures, schist soils and the characteristic climate of the Douro valley. The winery dates back to the 1700’s, it has passed from family to family and in the 1950’s began extensive refurbishment and replanting of dozens of indigenous grape varieties, according to organic and integrated production. Esporao purchased the winery in 2008 and since then under the direction of wine maker David Baverstock and Jose Luis Moreira da Silva it has gone from strength to strength producing some of Portugal's best award winning wines and ports. There aim is to produce fresh, versatile and food friendly wines.

The Minas red is made from grapes from the estate’s vineyards that are located close to the right bank of the River Douro. These generally face south, and produce wines with a concentrated and rich profile, supported by a freshness; in part created by the springs that run through the vineyards that impart a cooling influence. The grapes employed include Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Tinta Francisca. After a hand harvest and fermentation with indigenous yeast in granite tanks the wine is pressed in an old-style vertical press, prior to nine months ageing in French oak and concrete. Intense and concentrated this wine shows dominant, ripe, red fruit, floral aromas and a balsamic note.

Tasting Notes:
Intense aromas of ripe red fruits with floral and balsamic notes. Well integrated ripe tannins and balanced acidity with a long and lingering finish.

Serving Suggestion:
A great accompaniment to red meats and savoury fish dishes.

Grape Variety: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão and Tinta Francisca

Country: Portugal

Region: Douro

Size: 75cl

ABV: 13.5%

Closure: Cork

Suitable for Vegetarians and Vegans