Casa Ferreirinha Esteva Douro Tinto 2020
Region: Douro, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 41% Tinta Roriz 30% Tinta Barroca 17% Touriga Franca 12% Touriga Nacional
This wine is ruby red in colour with bright aromas of ripe strawberries, juicy cherries and floral hints. It is smooth on the palate, with polished tannins and a well-integrated acidity that gives lovely freshness and vivacity and carries the fresh red fruit flavours onto the elegant finish.
The Esteva Douro Tinto is a blend of Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional from vineyards across the Douro Valley, with fruit from higher altitude vineyards, such as Quinta do Sairrão, bringing a refreshing lift to the blend. The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a dense, slate-like metamorphic rock that fractures vertically, allowing the vine roots to delve deep to access water reserves to sustain them during the hot Douro summers. The poor quality of the soil forces the vines to produce low yields of very concentrated grapes
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.