Quinta da Ferradosa 2014 Red

Conditions
2014 was characterized by above average rainfall throughout the year, particularly in January, February, July and September. There were unusual storms during June and July. In terms of average temperatures, January was above the usual average and August fresher than what is common in the region. Throughout spring and summer there had to be extra care to prevent from mildium, oidium and some rot, but all grapes sourced appeared in great sanitary condition. Harvest appeared to be quite advanced at the beginning, however rainfall delayed picking and also reduced probable alcohol levels in the grapes. We saw a relative increase in production per hectare this year, with a very high quality for the resulting wines.

Grape Origins
The Grapes are chosen from a vineyard planted in 1998. Only Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz grape varieties were planted. Quinta da Ferradosa only uses 10% of its grape production, selling the rest. This gives us the opportunity to choose bunch by bunch, row by row, which grapes we would like for the best quality wine. In 2014 we chose 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Touriga Franca.

Vinification and ageing
All wine was vinified at Quinta Vale D. Maria winery. All grapes were first foot-trodden in traditional granite lagars before fermenting in stainless steel tanks (5000 kgs). We then rack the resulting wines in new Allier French oak 225 and 300-liter casks from various coopers (Taransaud, Seguin Moreau, Nadalié and François Fréres), where they go through malolactic fermentation. All wines are then carefully aged for 15 months in barriques (75% new and 25% one year old French oak), keeping all different fermentations completely separated until the final blending takes place, just about one month before the bottling of the wines.

Analysis
Total acidity: 5,2 g/l
Volatile acidity: 0,7 g/l
pH: 3,67
Total SO2: 120 g/l 
Residual sugars: 0,6 g/l

 

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Properties

Characteristics
Icon the winery 91385a8ea6cf09ebc7bf5483fb7d2dba15156b77792e8cade751b89f88524702 The Winery: Quinta da Ferradosa
Brand: Quinta da Ferradosa
Region: Douro
Type: Red
Vintage: 2014
Alcoholic Level: 13,8%
Icon grape varieties 5ef67bbf41e70ce6f009a73f51b8414b6eebc116dc4d59a69449b92366601093 Grape Varieties: 50% Touriga Nacional, 50% Touriga Franca
Icon winemaker e032a2e97335c334d3c23f51d0329f31645cae5160a0a302d3072c2fb70c059e Winemaker: Cristiano Van Zeller, Joana Pinhão
Format: 75cl
Tasting
Icon nose 176020a5140d2499a7f0e61d28ba9873d09e3af9dca561aeb6a91b357f650e5b Nose: A wine, which is very concentrated on the nose.
Icon mouth fe9befcc324311cf7cf9e740b28462659874ebbdc4882ef64971fe9b95382c5e Mouth: Reveals red fruits like strawberries and raspberries allied to floral notes. The tannins are present, and bring to the wine an incredible structure.
Tasting Notes: The wine is then balanced by a marked freshness, making this Quinta da Ferradosa a very elegant wine.
Evaluation
Icon classification 3e51d3d9ed15536209cb9d7118873a31deae54c93b16126273d93c69d22efe76 Classification: Gold Medal on IWC - International Wine Challenge 2018