Rich and complexBoa-vista Touriga Nacional
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
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. As in 2013 when the first wines from Quinta da Boavista were launched, in 2016 the choice was the Touriga Nacional, the ‘flagship grape variety’ of Portugal.
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 Douro and Dão. Before phylloxera affeteced the vineyards in Portugal, Touriga Nacional was believed to occupy a great part of the whole planted area. However, due to its low yield, since then it has been replaced with more productive varieties.
Displays bold dark-fruit flavors, commonly accompanied by hints of spice, violet and leather. Its firm tannins makes it relevant as a varietal wine.
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.