genuine and irreverentBoa-Vista Donzelinho Tinto
Located near Pinhão, on the right bank of the Douro river, Quinta da Boavista has an extraordinary view over the river. It is one of the most iconic estates in the demarcated region, known not only for its historical connection with the Baron of Forrester, but also for its 36 hectares of high-quality vines.
Donzelinho’s parcel extends through mid-height terraces with an eastern exposure, benefiting from unique conditions for its development.
Every year, the oenology team decides to bottle one or two monovarietal wines, with grape varieties that stood out that year.
Donzelinho Tinto is a classic grape variety from Douro, with proven references in the region dating back to 1531. With small and very compact bunches, it is characterised by small berries and thin skins. It produces authentic and unapologetic wines, that are perfect wines for food.
To ensure the prevalence of the variety’s characteristics and the full control of the process, at Quinta da Boavista we use manual harvesting and manual grape sorting processes, followed by a gentle berry de-stalk and crush. As fermentation reservoirs we have the traditional granite wine presses with foot treading, stainless steel fermentation vats and, for small batches, PVC food containers or fermentation in new 500 litre French wooden barrels. Each of these types of fermentation gives the wine a unique style and personality.
Monovarietals age in 500 liter barrels for 15 to 20 months before bottling. we carry out light fining and subsequent bottling. This wine is not filtered or cold-stabilized and that is why it can produce a sediment with age.