Deep ruby in colour. Bursting with aromas of blackberry, blackcurrant, raisins and spice on the nose. The palate is nicely structured with ripe and round tannins, a refreshing acidity which beautifully balances the sweetness, and a long finish.
All of the Quinta do Infantado vineyards are classified as ‘A’ in the Cadastro vineyard ranking system and represent the best that the Douro Valley has to offer. Quinta do Infantado owns small vineyard plots ranging from 1.5 to 5 hectares in size in the Vale de Moinhos, Serra de Cotas, Castelos and Serra Douro areas. These are old vines, planted at altitudes of between 250-350 metres above sea level, on schistous soils.
2015 was a year of good yields and excellent quality. The growing cycle began with mild and dry weather in the spring, which provided the ideal conditions for flowering and fruit set. A warm and dry summer meant that the grapes ripened uniformly through to the harvest and disease pressure in the vineyards was low. Heavy rain fell at the beginning of September, but this was followed by strong winds, which ensured that the grapes dried quickly and were harvested in good health slightly earlier than in previous years.
As is the tradition at Quinta do Infantado, the grapes were partially destemmed and trodden by foot and fermented in traditional lagares. Fermentation lasted longer than many estates, resulting in a slightly drier style of port. 77% ABV spirit was used to stop the fermentation and the LBV was aged for 45 months in 100-year-old, 250 hectolitre casks before being bottled unfiltered.
Quinta do Infantado has been owned by the Roseira family for well over a century and has long been known for ageing the wines and bottling them on the estate in Pinhão, rather in Vila Nova de Gaia. The name ‘Infantado’ derives from ‘Infante’ (the Portuguese for Prince) and it was the Portuguese royal family who first built the winery in 1816, as a place where they could collect taxes in the form of grapes and wine brought to them by the local growers. João Roseira, who did his first vintage at the estate at the age of six, now looks after the A class vineyards and oversees the winemaking along with Álvaro Roseira and consultant winemaker Luís Soares Duarte.
Grape Varieties: 30% Tinta Roriz , 30% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Other Native Red Varieties
Alcohol (ABV): 19.5 %