Boa-Vista Reserva Tinto

elegant and fragrantBoa-Vista Reserva Tinto

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

This wine is the ‘backbone’ of the Quinta da Boavista portfolio and results from a batch made with grapes from new and old vines. Particularly, this Reserva is produced using Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão and Old Vines.

Touriga Nacional is a dark-skinned grape variety that is a key ingredient in both dry red wines and fortified wines (Port) with a wide presence in the Douro region. Displays bold dark-fruit flavors, commonly accompanied by hints of spice, violet and leather. Its firm tannins makes it relevant as a varietal wine.

Secondly, Touriga Franca is also one the traditional grape varieties from the Douro Region. More aromatic and lighter in body, it is slightly less concentrated and has higher yields than the flagship Portuguese variety. Touriga Franca is really high in tannins with an exquisite perfume of fresh, ripe red fruits, spices and flower.

Tinto Cão is a grape variety dating back to the region’s origins. Throughout the years, it has been proven that this variety is better suited to the region’s fronts with less sun exposure. The cooler climate allows the variety’s floral aromas to showcase. With lighter coloured wines, despite its dark skins, it has good levels of acidity and tannins.

These are all combined with a variety of old vines from Quinta da Boavista that come from its 10 hectares of vines with an average age over 80 years.

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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. We follow only one wine-making philosophy: to gently extract all the characteristics of our grapes.
Reserve then ages in in a mixture of new (two-thirds) and used (one-third) French oak for 15 months. After ageing we form different batches, and we carry out light fining and subsequent bottling where they will mature for at least one year. Sealed under natural cork, our wines are not filtered or cold-stabilized and that is why they can produce a sediment with age.

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All this leads to a very special wine with a bright red colour with good intensity. On the nose, with its really young aroma, the red fruit notes are noticeable, blending with floral memories – rock rose and iris – and spices – anise, fennel. It is fresh, complex with toasted notes. On the mouth, it is elegant and compact with long, aromatic finish.

Ideal with red meat, game or cheese dishes.