Casa Ferreirinha, Vinha Grande Douro Branco, 2019
Region: Douro, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 40% Viosinho , 35% Arinto/Pedernã, 15% Rabigato, 10% Gouveio (Verdelho)
Notes: Vegetarian, Sustainable
Bright yellow in colour with golden tints. Intense aromas of apricot, peach and orange blossom are married with a subtle minerality and a buttery richness from the oak. On the palate a lively acidity carries the flavours onto the lingering finish.
The selected grape varieties were sourced from the Quinta do Sairrão estate, which sits at 600m above sea level in the Cima Corgo region. The steep vineyards here are on schist soils with vines planted in both "vinha ao alto" vertical rows and "patamar" terraces. Grapes grown at this altitude benefit from a wide diurnal temperature range, with hot days counteracted by cool nights, and the grapes undergo an ideal slow ripening process, accumulating great flavour intensity whilst retaining acidity.
Casa Ferreirinha was the first Douro producer dedicated entirely to making table wines, rather than Port. Its origins date back to 1952 when Fernando Nicolau de Almeida produced the first ever vintage of Barca-Velha and kickstarted the quality revolution in Douro table wines. Named after the legendary Dona Antónia Ferreira, one of the formidable widows of the world of wine, Casa Ferreirinha pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman. Today, the winemaking team is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a vibrant freshness allied to a lovely texture and depth.