The COLINAS do DOURO project was created in the heart of the International Douro Nature Park, at an elevation of 640 metres.

This 450ha farm (quinta), with 106ha of vineyards, is situated at the abrupt transition between the Beira granite plateau and the first folds of schist of the Douro valley, surrounded by crags and escarpments.

With a vision of creating wines that transmit the unique character of the “UM DOURO SUPERIOR”, we devote ourselves intensely and genuinely to our work, from sunrise to sunset, harvest after harvest.

Respecting and enhancing the incredibly rich local biodiversity, we want our wines to express, in their elegance, freshness and minerality, the essence of the “UM DOURO SUPERIOR” that we are proud to call our terroir.

Some bottles of our selection:

GRANDE RESERVA DOURO DOC 2012

PRODUCTION: 10 716 bottles

BOTTLED: 2015     

ALCOHOL: 14,5%

VINEYARD AREA: 5,23 ha, 25 years old vineyard

SOIL AND TOPOGRAPHY: Schist soils. Combination of soft slopes with vertical plantation and steep slopes with patamares. Very low precipitation overall, but still with fresh and moderated temperatures. The growing season after veraision was behind the normal schedule and during the harvest period rainfall was higher than usual.

TASTING NOTES: Opaque and dark colour, showing nice complexity in the nose, with pronounced ripe fruit, vanillin and cedar notes.Tannins are grippy, the texture is rich and firm with nice integrated oak. It has a remarkable length and balance.

Should be served between 15/16ºC degrees celsius.

Barquinha Reserva RED 2015

Production: 100.000 bottles

Bottled in: 2016

Vintage report: Year of abundant birth of new shoots, with dry weather during the flowering period, resulting in relatively high productivity. The entire period of growth, until harvest, was extremely dry, which affected the photosynthesis in the vines, including interruptions of maturation. This resulted in small bunches, giving concentrated and aromatic whites, and structured, densely coloured reds.

Tasting notes: A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of flowers, black berries and Carob. In the mouth it reveals the characteristic freshness of high altitude wines. This is a highly mineral wine, with silky tannins, but at the same time it is unctuous and layered. A truly balanced Douro Superior.

Vinification and aging:  Fermented during seven days at 24ºC, in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentative maceration of 48 hours. 20% of the batch was aged in second year barrels of French oak.

Serving suggestions: Best served at a temperature between 16 and 18ºC.

 

Colinas do Douro Superior RED 2015

Production: 150.000 bottles

Bottled in: 2016

Vintage report: Year of abundant birth of new shoots, with dry weather during the flowering period, resulting in relatively high productivity. The entire period of growth, until harvest, was extremely dry, which affected the photosynthesis in the vines, including interruptions of maturation. This resulted in small bunches, giving concentrated and aromatic whites, and structured, densely coloured reds.

Tasting notes: A wine of dark colour, resembling ripe cherries, with aromas of flowers, black berries and Carob. In the mouth it reveals the characteristic freshness of high altitude wines. This is a highly mineral wine, with silky tannins, but at the same time it is unctuous and layered. A truly balanced Douro Superior.

Vinification and aging: Fermented during seven days at 24ºC, in stainless steel tanks, after a pre-fermentative maceration of 48 hours.

Serving suggestions: Best served at a temperature between 16 and 18ºC.

Area vineyards: 93 hectares, Soil: Schist

 

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