Pombal Do Vesuvio Douro Tinto 2018

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The Quinta of Vesúvio has a long and history. António Bernardo Ferreira bought the property in 1823, at that time called Quinta das Figueiras.  The property was mostly covered with wild scrub stretching up the mountainside and an abundance of fig trees, which gave it its name. He felt that this property had enormous potential as vineyards. It took his team of five hundred workers thirteen years to carve terraces out of the steep slopes and plant thousands of vines. In 1827, Ferreira built the winery, with its eight granite lagares (large, open vats or troughs), in which wine grapes are crushed by foot to this day, and eight chestnut vats, each capable of holding the equivalent of one lagar of Port. This original winery is where all of Vesúvio’s Port is still made. The Quinta do Vesuvio been in the Symington family since 1989 and it totals about 326 hectares, of which 133 are planted with vines.

This is Vesúvio’s second-tier wine and its is named after the estate’s dovecote, a structure intended to house pigeons or doves, or “pombal” in Portuguese, which is surrounded by vineyards. Unlike the first-tier fruit, the grapes are transported to the Quinta do Sol winery for processing and fermentation. The contrast between the property’s quotas provides the wines with unparalleled structure, complexity and aging potential, as well as the preservation of traditional wine production methods, which highlight Quinta do Vesuvio as the only one that actively continues to create its wines with this base. A Quinta of enchanting and memorable beauty, worth the visit but with outstanding wines.

Description

Tasting Notes from Pinto Wines

Colour  Deep Ruby colour
Nose Aromas redolent of cassis, liquorice and brambly, blackberry fruit, as well as appealing dark chocolate notes. Vesuvio’s signature thyme fragrance is also present.
Palate Seductive, supple texture is sheer pleasure with delicious black fruit flavours, dark chocolate and a touch of mocha. Extraordinary freshness from the fine acidity underpins remarkable balance and impressive structure

Fact Sheet

Size 75 cl
Grape Variety 50% Touriga Franca, 45% Touriga Nacional, 5% Tinta Amarela
Alcohol % 14.5%
Style Elegant and refine Douro Red
Estate/Producer Symington Family/Charles Symington and Pedro Correia
Country Portugal
Region Douro
Vintage 2018
Vinification Hand-picked into 20 Kg boxes followed by gentle de-stemming after which the berries are sorted before being gravity-fed into the small fermenting tanks.
Closure Natural Cork
Cellaring/Ageing Potential Ready to be enjoyed but has great age potential if stored properly

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