Carvalhas, Branco, Duoro, Portugal, 2016
Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, having recently celebrated 260 years of uninterrupted port production. Founded in 1756 by the King of Portugal, this company represents some of the finest Quintas in the Douro. Old but not out of touch, they have been able to preserve and honour the traditional winemaking while investing in the future with constant modernisation and experimentation in their vineyards.
Quinta das Carvalhas is the most emblematic and spectacular property in the Douro Valley. Written references regarding this magnificent vineyard can be traced back to 1759. Enjoying a prominent position on the left bank of the Douro river, in Pinhão, the estate covers the entire hillside facing the Douro river and occupies part of the slopes of the right bank of the tributary Torto river. Carvalhas’ white grapes are located at the top of the hill, benefiting from a cooler climate and fresher breezes, which contributes to craft the level of acidity and minerality that typifies this complex white wine, full of character and freshness.
The grapes are carefully handled and crushed on a pneumatic press. Fermentation starts in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. Once at its peak of fermentation, 80% of the juice is transferred to French oak barriques to finish the process. The wine stays in barriques in contact with lees for 6 months. The wine is released after one year in bottle.
Time: 6 Months; Type: French Oak Barriques; % oaked: 100;
A clean, bright, citric coloured Douro White, revealing intense yet delicate aromas of fruit combined with vanilla, derivative of its ageing in oak. Although full-bodied its freshness and lively acidity derived from this moderately cool vintage, induces a sense of subtleness, finishing with persistent and extensive flavours.
Try this with cod, seafood, pastas and strong cheeses.