Real Companhia Velha is the oldest and most emblematic wine company in Portugal, having celebrated this year 258 years of existence. Following the gently sloping contours of the Douro River, Quinta dos Aciprestes has seen a complete re-plantation of its vineyards, with the noblest varieties of the region.
QUINTA DOS ACIPRESTES | GRANDE RESERVA | TALHOA | RED | 2015 | DOC DOURO
Considered to be the star grape of Portugal, Touriga Nacional is one of the most planted grape varieties at Quinta dos Aciprestes. From all the individual parcels of Touriga Nacional at this Estate, number 14, which covers less than 1ha, stands out for it’s low vigour, producing an immensely aromatic and concentrated red, which inspired us to do this outstanding limited edition.
Deep profound violet, with hues of blueberry, plum min and wet slate.
Blackberries, Spices, Vanilla, Leather and Straw offering immense aromatic complexity.
Fermentation occurs in stainless steel “Lagares” after the traditional foot-treading process. 30% of the wine ages in new french oak barrels, while the remaining 70% age in used french oak barrels.
A Touriga that primes for elegance and a classic style with very intense citric and red fruit notes combined with hints of vanilla from its ageing. On the palate, reveals itself fine and elegant, rich in fruit flavours and a powerful and concentrated structure. Finishes clean and persistent with a very lively acidity.
Recommend braised pork, dry Indian dishes, Moroccan style lamb beef dishes, spicy and aromatic dishes, tangy flavoured foods can work well.
Alcohol: 13% Vol
The Year of 2014:
2014 was characterized by both: the high levels of precipitation, mostly during the months of January, February, July and September, and a significant climatic instability during the summer period with thunderstorms occurring in the months of June and July. As a consequence of the climatic conditions, grape maturation tests were showing a two-week advance in the plants’ phenology, with grapes revealing good levels of sugar and acidity. Rainfall registered in mid-September caused a delay in the harvest up to mid-October. Although faced by difficult conditions during the harvest period, the grapes showed well and this ended up being a good year. The wines are not the most concentrated the Douro has seen, nevertheless they reveal themselves very fresh and elegant.