PL Award 1: Gold - SWA 2017 PL Award 2: Gold - IWC 2014
Country: Portugal Region: Douro Varietal: Fortified
Vintage: 2011 Category: Port Colour: Port
Producer: Quinta do Infantado
"Quinta do Infantado has been owned by the Roseira family for well over a century and has long been known for bottling its production on the estate, rather than shipping the wine in bulk down the Douro River. The name 'Infantado' derives from 'Infante' (the Portuguese for Prince) and it was the Portuguese royal family who first built the winery in 1816, as a place where they could collect taxes in the form of grapes and wine, brought to them by the local growers. Joao Roseira now looks after the vineyards and oversees the winemaking and his aunt, Paula, looks after the marketing of their wines.
The estate is located in Pinhão in the Cima Corgo (the Douro sub-region known for making the best Ports and dry wines) at 150 metres above sea level. All the Infantado vineyards have achieved the highest 'A' Grade status and the poor schist soils impart excellent concentration and flavour to the grapes. The fruit for the Ports are grown in small vineyard plots in the Vale de Moinhos, Serra de Cotas, Serra Douro, Serra de Baixo and Castelos, while the grapes for the Douro Red Reserva are sourced from the high quality, low yielding Serra Douro and Serra de Cotas vineyards, which lie at 250-350
metres above sea level.
From the finesse and concentration of their unfiltered LBV to the tremendous depth, richness, structure and balance of their Vintage Port, a hallmark of the Quinta do Infantado style is their continued practice of traditional foot-treading to extract flavour and tannin. Their 10 Year Old Tawny Port is a regular medal winner, while the Infantado red wines have taken a huge step up in quality in recent years and now represent some of the best wines coming out of the Douro. A great white port is a rarity but the quality of Quinta do Infantado's is second to none, which is why we have added it to our range. A blend of Gouveio, Rabigato, Viosinho and Moscatel Galego, it is fresh and full of citrus fruit and almond notes, with a touch of residual sugar."
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegan;Vegetarian
Winemaker: Fátima Ribas
All the Quinta do Infantado vineyards are class A (the best in the Douro Valley). The grapes for the Vintage port are grown in the Serra Douro, Serra de Baixo and Castelos vineyards, covering six, one and a half, and three hectares respectively. Soils here are schistous.
The grapes were picked by hand and not destemmed before fermentation. Treading was by foot in the traditional lagars, a hallmark of Quinta do Infantado wines. Fermentation is longer at Infantado, producing drier wines. Fermentation was stopped by the addition of 77% wine brandy, after which the wine aged for 20 months in 100 year old wooden casks. The brandy component is only 15% in the Infantado wines, whereas the average Port is about 20%. This gives a finer, less searing finish to the wine.
Deep, almost opaque, ruby in colour, with black cherries, plums and dark chocolate perfumes on the nose. On the palate the wine is fresh, fruity and spicy, beautifully balanced by round, ripe tannins. The finish is medium-dry, with fine, delicate perfumes of warm, ripe fruit.
Closure:Natural Cork ABV: 19.5% Acidity [g/l]: 5.66