Quinta dos Murcas Minas Esporao Portugal
- Brand Quinta dos Murcas
- Bottle Size 75cl
- ABV 13%
- Vegan Yes
- Organic Yes
- Vintage 2018
- Country Portugal
- Country Region Douro
- Grape Variety Tinta Francisca
- Closure Cork
Intro to Quinta dos Murcas Minas Esporao Portugal –
Quinta dos Murcas Minas made by Esporao in Portugal has deep full ripe fruit flavours that linger in the mouth.
Full tasting note and wine making –
Quinta dos Murcas Minas has an intense violet colour and is full of deep and lively notes with dominant ripe red fruit, floral and balsamic aromas. On the palate there are fresh and lively flavours with firm, ripe tannins and well-integrated acidity. Long and lingering finish that offers a balance of freshness and ripeness.
Quinta dos Murças Minas vineyards are located at altitudes between 110m (360 ft) and 300m (985 ft). South-facing, there are five water springs (in Portuguese, ‘minas’) that help to cool the area and influence the vineyard’s terroir. This is an elegant wine, with a balance of ripe fruit and the characteristic freshness of Quinta dos Murças.
This was another atypical year in the Douro. Winter was cold and dry, Spring was cold and very rainy, and Summer, initially cold and rainy, then turned hot and extremely dry, marked by effects of sunstroke and dehydration at the beginning of August. This unstable climate had a substancial impact on the decline in production. Ripening cursed later than usual; therefore we only began to harvest Minas vineyards on 18th of September. The grapes presented very good acidity, resulting in fresh, aromatic and elegant wines.
This wine is made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Roriz which are hand-picked, destemmed, crushed and fermented with indigenous yeasts and temperature control (25ºC – 28ºC) in granite ‘lagares’, foot trodden and pressed in an old-style vertical press. after this the wine is aged in concrete vats and used French oak casks for 9 months.
The producer –
Dating back to 1714, Quinta dos Murças is located in northern Portugal, in the Cima-Corgo sub-region of the Douro Valley, the oldest DOC region in the world.
The Quinta dos Murças estate is situated on the right bank of the river, between the towns of Régua and Pinhão, nearly 2 hours due east of Porto. Stretching over 3.2km along the riverfront, mainly with southern exposure, the estate encompasses a total of 155ha, of which 48ha are covered by vineyards planted with indigenous grape varieties.
Quinta dos Murças’s unique estate is characterised by its 8 diverse terroirs, which are distinguished by different altitudes, exposures, variations of schist soils and vertical vineyards. In addition to the vineyards, the olive, orange and almond trees and the surrounding forest support biodiversity and promote the balance of the local ecosystem.
In 1947, the estate pioneered the first vertical vineyard planting in the Douro region and today, 82% of the estate vineyards are positioned vertically, on steep slopes.
The Quinta dos Murças team believe that vertical vineyards produce wines that better express terroir due to a number of reasons: Planting density (the number of plants per ha) is higher with more competition between plants, which means that the roots burrow deeper, leading to greater expression of soil types. Moreover, sun exposure is more uniform, as there is no shadow from the slope, nor the vine itself. There is also greater aeration, which helps prevent disease and less erosion, increasing the preservation of terroir.
Quinta dos Murças wines benefit from their unique location bordering 2 of the Douro’s sub-regions: Baixo Corgo’s cooler, rainier climate imparts freshness and acidity to the grapes, while they obtain concentration and structure from Cima Corgo’s warmer temperatures, in combination with 3.2km river bank and 5 water springs, resulting in elegant, terroir-driven wines.
As of 2021, all Quinta dos Murças wines are certified organic.
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