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Quinta Vale D. Maria


The variety of grape varieties makes this wine deep and intense, with aromas of cherry, plum and wild blackberry, typical of the field blend in its origins.

Wine Enthusiast: 90 points

The 2018/2019 viticultural year was particularly atypical: extremely dry, but unusually warm. Thus, the vines were able to withstand summer stress despite the lack of water reserves in the soil. As the heat only manifested between the end of August and the beginning of September, there was no loss of production due to scalding or dehydration. The harvest started in early September and continued until October 10th. The fact that the year was fresh allowed for a slow maturation. In this way, it was possible to choose the ideal time to harvest each vineyard parcel, creating vintage 2019 DOC Douro wines of excellent quality

Grape origins: A field blend of 41 different varieties, including, among others, Rufete, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Francisca, Sousão, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and many others typical of the Douro, coming from 10 hectares of old vines originals of Quinta Vale D. Maria. The vines are over 60 years old, with South, Southeast, Southwest, East and West exposure.

Vinification and ageing: Quinta Vale D. Maria old vineyards are divided into different plots and each plot is harvested by hand. Grapes are selected before entering the winery. They are destemmed and then foot trodden in granite stone tanks, or lagares, 1 to 3 days before fermentation. Fermentation takes place in lagares and/or in stainless steel vats. In the lagares, the wines are trodden on foot every night. In the stainless-steel vats maceration occurs with manual pump over. The wines are pressed and placed into French-oak barrels, 225 liters, coming from various cooperages, where malolactic fermentation takes place. All wines then age for 21 months in French oak barrels, with the different batches obtained, from each fermentation, kept separate until the final blend is made, about one month before bottling.

Tasting notes: The aromatic richness, that stands out from the red fruit such as blackberry, raspberry and ripe cherry, characterize Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro red 2019. Elegant and concentrated structure. Juicy in the mouth, it is balanced, fresh and with a long-lasting finish.

Technical Analysis

Total acidity
6,2 g/dm3
15% vol
Total sugars
0,6 g/dm3
Bottling date
July 2021


Manuel Soares
António Andrade


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