Boa-Vista Donzelinho

rich and complexBoa-Vista Donzelinho

Terroir

Located at Cima-Corgo, the vineyards are spread over a dazzling geometric setting of terraces built by hand with the typical schist of the region. Some terraces reach eight metres in height and this, combined with extreme conditions and the dramatic slope come together to provide a unique terroir. The entire vineyard reserved for Port wine has a letter A benefit with (the best rating) and was planted with the traditional Douro grape varieties

Grapes

At Quinta da Boavista, every year the oenology team decides to bottle one or two monovarietal wines, with grape varieties that stood out from the Reserva batch in that year. In 2016, as in 2015, Donzelinho was selected to be a part of the single varietal portfolio. 

Donzelinho is a classic grape variety from Douro, referenced since 1531. With small and very compact bunches, it is characterizes by small berries and very thin film. Origins genuine and irreverent wines with a very gastronomic profile.

Vinification

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. 

This Donzelinho is one of our only wines that age in 500 litre barrels. After ageing between 15 and 20 months, we carry out light fining and subsequent bottling. All our wines are sealed under natural cork. This wine is not filtered or cold-stabilized and that is why it can produce a sediment with age.

All this leads to a very special wine with a medium cherry red colour, with only 300 bottles produced. On the nose, it is complex and rich, where the wild red fruits stand out with the ageing process giving it some hints of spices. It is an extremely fresh wine, with impressive elegance and subtlety. Lively but very delicate tannins. Herbal notes develop in the mouthfeel. It features a remarkable balance.

Ideal with red meat, game or cheese dishes.