PL Award 1: SILVER - SWA 2011
Country:Portugal Region: Douro Varietal:Fortified
Vintage: NV Category:Port Colour: Port Size 37.5 cl
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."
Winemaker: Fátima Ribas
Quinta do Infantado's grapes are all handpicked. Harvest starts on September 20 approximately and continues for 3 weeks. The grapes are foot-trodden and are fermented in lagares. This is a hallmark of Quinta do Infantado and, together with the quality of the grapes, is of great importance for the quality of these Ports. At Quinta do Infantado, the fermentation lasts longer and the Ports are drier in style than at some other houses. The 10 Year Old Tawny Port is a blend of different vintages, the average age being 10 years. The wine was matured in old wood pipas with capacity of 500-600 litres.
Light tawny colour, flavours of dried fruits and hints of citrus fruits. Medium weight in the mouth, elegant and long on the finish.
Closure: Natural Cork ABV: 19.5%