Quinta Vale D. Maria 2014 Red

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:
Grapes used for Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Reds come from all the oldest plots of the Quinta and that are the original 10 hectares of the Quinta. They average 60 years of age and are planted with 41 different grape varieties, among them Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão, and many others. The vineyards face mainly South, however there are plots that also face South East, South West, East and West. We have divided the Quinta into separate parcels or vineyards and given them different names. All
vines are treated with sustainable agriculture practices, using horsetail, organic compounds, sea weeds and nettles to prevent fungal diseases, nurture the soil and sustainably create healthier plants.

Vinification and ageing:
We have divided the field in different parcels (or plots) and will pick all grapes by hand. Grapes are then selected before entering the winery. They are de-stemmed and foot trodden in granite lagars for 1 to 3 days. Each parcel or plot will ferment separately either in the granite lagars or / and in the stainless steel tanks. Wines in lagar will have foot treading every night, whilst the stainless steel tanks will undergo manual pump-overs. We then rack the resulting wines in new Allier French oak 225-liter casks from various coopers (Seguin Moreau, François Frères, Taransaud, Nadalie and Berthomieu), where they go through malolactic fermentation. All wines are then carefully aged for 21 months in barriques (60% new and 40% one year old), keeping all different fermentations completely separated until the final blending takes place, just about one month before the bottling of the wines.

Total acidity: 5,4 g/l
Volatile acidity: 0,7 g/l
pH: 3,59
Total SO2: 126 mg/l
Total sugars: < 0,6 g/l


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Icon the winery 91385a8ea6cf09ebc7bf5483fb7d2dba15156b77792e8cade751b89f88524702 The Winery: Quinta Vale D. Maria
Brand: Quinta Vale D. Maria
Region: Douro
Type: Red
Vintage: 2014
Alcoholic Level: 14,5%
Icon grape varieties 5ef67bbf41e70ce6f009a73f51b8414b6eebc116dc4d59a69449b92366601093 Grape Varieties: Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Francisca, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão
Icon winemaker e032a2e97335c334d3c23f51d0329f31645cae5160a0a302d3072c2fb70c059e Winemaker: Cristiano van Zeller, Joana Pinhão, Francisca van Zeller, Sandra Tavares da Silva
Format: 75cl
Colour: Violet, dark red and purple colour.
Icon nose 176020a5140d2499a7f0e61d28ba9873d09e3af9dca561aeb6a91b357f650e5b Nose: Intense concentration of mature dark red fruit, black cherries and plums and spicy aromas.
Icon mouth fe9befcc324311cf7cf9e740b28462659874ebbdc4882ef64971fe9b95382c5e Mouth: Intense and velvety, with the finesse and elegance so characteristic of Quinta Vale D. Maria Douro Red. A wine with great balance and a very long and fruity finish.
Evaluation: 92,WE