Barca Velha 2011

985.00

Casa Ferreirinha, was acquired by Sogrape Vinhos in 1987, its wines are synonymous with time and art. This has happened since its foundation, in the 18th century, by the hand of Bernardo Ferreira, who saw the formula refined by his descendants, especially by his granddaughter Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, who affectionately became known as “Ferreirinha” or “Ferreirinha-da-Régua” for the people of that land. Through the hands of Dona Antónia, who twice widowed herself at the head of a large company, Ferreira consolidated itself admirably. Her entrepreneurial spirit taught her to foresee, decide, create, teach and love, making her a figure of great projection and charisma.

Barca Velha is the result of the passion of Fernando Nicolau de Almeida (Casa Ferreirinha Head Winemaker in 1952), who envisioned a high quality Douro Red Wines made with the aging potential of Vintage Ports. The first harvest was 1952. Barca Velha is only released in exceptional years, current head winemaker Luis Sottomayor began his career at this house as an apprentice learning directly from Fernando Nicolau D’Almeida. ”2011 was an extraordinary year-one of the best ever in Douro-Intense and exceptional quality. When this wine was born, we soon realized that it would be destined for Barca-Velha”. But even so, it was necessary to pass the great test of time with distinction. In the barrels, first, and then in the bottle, it was followed and evaluated over nine years, until the final decision was made.

Description

Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour Deep and lively Ruby colour
Nose Complex aroma, with notes of spices, balsamic, cedar, tobacco, ripe red fruit, and super elegant and well integrated notes of wood
Palate Vibrant acidity, very firm tannins, spicy notes, black fruit and balsamic flavors. The ending is what its prior Vintages have always accustomed us to, extremely long, of great elegance and complexity.

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinto Cão and Tinta Roriz
Alcohol % 14,5%
Style Portuguese most Iconic Dry, Full bodied Red Wine
Estate/Producer Casa Ferreirinha/ Luis Sottomayor
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2011
Vinification Vinified in the Quinta da Leda winery, using selected grapes mainly from this estate, but also from elevated areas in the Douro Superior. After destemming and gentle crushing, the grapes were put into stainless steel vats, where alcoholic fermentation took place. A long, gentle maceration was carried out at a controlled temperature in order to extract the compounds that contribute to the colour, aroma, flavour and longevity of the wine. It was matured in barrels of French oak for a period of about 18 months. The final blend was made based on the careful selection of the best wines, resulting from the numerous tastings and analyses carried out on the different existing blends and barrels, throughout this period. It is in this selection that the “secret” of Barca Velha lies. So as to preserve the highest quality, it was subjected to filtration only before bottling.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Cellar and open in 25 years time if stored properly. Great Investment

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