2013 Quinta Vale D. Maria
Vinha Da Francisca
Quinta Vale D. Maria
Field blend of 5 indeginous grape varieties. Tinta Francisca, Touriga Franca, Sousão, Rufete and Touriga Nacional in a parcel of 4.5 hectares
Quinta Vale D. Maria “Vinha da Francisca” grapes are foot trodden and fully fermented in lagares for 7–10 days at temperatures ranging from 22–27°C. The resulting wines are then racked into new Allier French oak 225-liter casks from various coopers, namely from François Frères and Taransaud, where they go through malolactic fermentation. The final choice of casks and the blending happened in June.
Since 1996, our first harvest at Quinta Vale D. Maria, we identified the unique characteristics of each parcel of vineyard. Each and every one has a story to tell. In 2004, the year of our daughter Francisca’s 18th birthday, we planted Vinha da Francisca (Francisca’s Vineyard) with several different grape varieties amongst which is Tinta Francisca.
21 months in various French oak barrels
Deep violet, dark red and purple colors, with a very high concentration of mature dark red fruit aromas, black cherries and plums, followed by the elegance of Vale D. Maria’s traditional flavours of raspberry. The mature tannins of the wine help smooth its power, resulting in a very elegant wine with great balance and finesse and a long, fruity finish.
Wine Enthusiast: 95 Points (Cellar Selection)
Wine Advocate: 93 Points