Real Campanhia Velha, Quinta da Carvalhas Tinto, DOC Duoro, Portugal, 2018
The iconic Real Companhia Velha is the oldest wine company in Portugal, with a history of over 260 years of port production.
Founded in 1756 by the Portuguese Prime Minister Sebastião José de Carvalho e Melo, Marquis of Pombal (called Douro Wine Company back then) to regulate the trade and production of all Port wine. One of the first official duties of the company was the delineation of the boundaries of the Douro wine region. This act essentially made the Douro the world's first regional appellation. Today this company represents some of the finest Quintas in the Douro. Prestigious and experienced, they have been able to preserve and honour the traditional winemaking while investing in the future with constant modernisation and experimentation in their vineyards.
The Quinta das Carvalhas Tinto is a reflection of the diversity of the terroir by featuring parcels at various locations of the Quinta. Vineyards at the very top of the mountain ensure freshness and elegance, while the ones located at lower altitudes provide structure and power.
For the Quinta das Carvalhas Tinto, fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at controlled temperature. The wine then ages in French oak barriques for 12 months, gaining structure and complexity.
Type: French Oak Barrique
% wine oaked: 100
% new oak: 25
A very fresh wine, with a beautiful ruby colour and aromas of red fruit harmoniously integrated with creamy vanilla notes, demonstrating notable aromatic intensity and complexity. Very balanced and round, resulting in a very pleasant and long lasting finish.
Veal, lamb and oily fish work really well.
Touriga Nacional 60%
Touriga Franca 20%
Tinta Roriz 20%
6 x 75cl
Award: Wine Advocate 89 Points
Award: Wine Spectator 90 Points