Quinta da Costa do Pinhão, Gradual, Douro, Portugal, 2017
Miguel Morais is the owner and winemaker behind the organically farmed Quinta da Costa do Pinhão.
Miguel allows his 40 year old vines to grow naturally on their rich slate soils and at a height of up to 450m altitude they give him a bird’s eye view over the Douro, soaring high above the heat of the valley floor. This allows the wines to have pure flavours and minerality at their core. There is little influence from the winery, where historic slate lagars are used to naturally ferment the grapes resulting in terroir driven, fresh, balanced and fruity wines. Far removed from the traditional styles of the Douro.
The grapes come from vineyards of 35 to 40 years in age farmed sustainably and certified as using integrated production.
Type: French 225l and 400l used barrels
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: None
Fresh red fruit and plum aromas typical of the region. Hints of spice, black pepper and cloves as well as some balsamic. Well integrated and firm tannins results in a wine of excellent structure and plenty of complexity and persistence.
Decanter 91 Points
Intense ripe black plums, bueberries and violet aromas. Excellent concentration of fruit backed up by balancing acidity and round, ripe tannins. 91 Points, Panel Tasting, January 2023.
Touriga Nacional 40%
Touriga Franca 30%
6 x 75cl