Quinta do Infantado Douro Red 2012

£13.99

 SILVER - IWC 2016

TASTING NOTE

Fresh, fruity aromas with floral notes and spices. Ample on the palate, the Douro red is bursting with persistent fruit, balanced with fine tannins.

 

All the Quinta do Infantado vineyards are class 'A' (the best in the Douro Valley). The grapes for the Douro Red are grown in the Cima Corgo vineyards of Vale de Moinhos, Serra Douro and Serra de Cotas which are situated at 280m, 350m and 300m above sea level and cover ten hectares in total. As the different grape varieties are interplanted here, the resulting wine is always a field blend. Soils are schistous and the grapes are always picked by hand.

2012 was characterised by an extremely dry and cold winter, followed by a very wet spring and a dry summer. The spring rains were crucial to provide the water needed for the development of the vines and, coupled with the mild temperatures of spring and summer, allowed the vines to achieve an excellent maturation of the grapes. The harvest started a week later than normal in September. Although 2012 was a year of drought, the grapes were in very good condition, with small but perfect berries that produced flavourful musts, full of freshness and good acidity.

The grapes were partially destemmed before treading by foot in the traditional lagars, a hallmark of Quinta do Infantado wines. Fermentation is long at Infantado, producing drier wines. Malolactic fermentation took place in tank after which some of the wine was aged in tank and some in oak barrel of various sizes and ages.

30% Tinta Roriz
30% Touriga Franca
30% Touriga Nacional
10% Other red varieties

14% abv

 

Quinta do Infantado Douro Red 2012
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