Quinta do Portal Grande Reserva Red
This wine lands very plumply into the winter warmer category, lusciously rich and elegant, with layer upon layer of complex flavours. This is a fine wine that would proudly sit alongside any juicy meats or rich cheese
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Awards:Decanter Medal Gold
The Grande Reserva is dark in colour, has very complex aromatic profile, with ripe wild red fruits, blackberries and dark cherry. Very fresh with some fine minerality complemented by slightly toasted notes thanks to 14 months it spent resting in new French oak. Powerful on the palate with very good acidity and round tannins. The aftertaste is long and complex and will benefit from cellaring for a few years.
There continues to be substantial investment at Quinta do Portal: new cellars to accommodate the huge Port vats, new equipment that picks out only the ripest grapes, new gravity feed platform, softer pumps and presses all lead to sweeter, riper tannins and rounded complexity.In addition Pascal Chatonnet, from the Institut d'Oenologie in Bordeaux, has been working as a consultant with winemaker Paulo Coutinho in the areas of vinification and barrel ageing since the winery's inception and the results have been exceptional.
Quinta do Portal consists of four different estates, one of which, Quinta dos Muros, has been in the family for over a century. Most of the vineyards lie at highish altitudes for the Douro, so escaping the incessant summer heat, at least by night, and producing grapes that make wines of freshness and elegance.
With a stunning series of vintage ports in the last few years, and perhaps the best examples of fortified Moscatel you'll find in the Douro, it is time for wine lovers to take a trip to Portal; the latest addition to the winery is a fabulous modern guesthouse, the Casa das Pipas.
"This estate, operating under the supervision of French consultant Pascal Chatonnet, is producing an array of wines that generally perform well at fair prices".
Mark Squires - The Wine Advocate January 2008.
Winery of the Year - Revista de Vinhos (Portuguese Wine Oscars)
Winery of the Year - Wine & Spirits Magazine