Casa Ferreirinha Castas Escondidas Douro Tinto 2018

Casa Ferreirinha Castas Escondidas Douro Tinto 2018

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Casa Ferreirinha Castas Escondidas Douro Tinto 

Region: Douro, Portugal

Vintage: 2018

Bottle size: 75cl

Grape:  18% Old Vine Field Blend 18% Tinta Amarela 15% Touriga Femea 

14% Tinta Francisca 12% Tinto Cão 10% Touriga Nacional 9% Touriga Franca

2% Bastardo 2% Marufo Tinto

ABV: 13.5%

WA: 95 points

Notes:  Vegetarian, Vegan, Sustainable

Deep ruby in colour. On the nose, intense and elegant aromas of fresh red and black fruits are married with spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon and hints of balsamic. On the palate, smooth and polished tannins create a velvety mouth feel, and a bright acidity carries the intense flavours onto the long and elegant finish.

'Castas Escondidas' translates as 'hidden varieties' and showcases some of the lesser known grape varieties of the Douro Valley: Touriga Fêmea, Tinta Francisca, Marufo and the marvellously named Bastardo - the Portuguese name for the Jura's Trousseau. Luís sourced the grapes from a range of vineyard sites in the Douro Superior and Cima Corgo from a combination of Casa Ferreirinha- owned vineyards and trusted growers, with whom he has worked for many years. He also included a significant proportion of fruit from old, low-yielding, field-blend plots in the blend.

The origins of Casa Ferreirinha date back to 1952 and the production of the first ever vintage of Barca-Velha. Fernando Nicolau de Almeida kick started the quality revolution in Douro still wines and Casa Ferreirinha was the first producer in the region dedicated entirely to producing still table wine, rather than Port. Named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona Antónia Ferreira, one of the formidable widows of the world of wine, Casa Ferreirinha, pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman.