The Cotswold Cheese Co

2011 Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port

£17.99
  • 2011 Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port

The Cotswold Cheese Co

2011 Quinta do Infantado Vintage Port

£17.99

Description

The Quinta do Infantado wines and Ports are grown, made and bottled at...

the Quinta (Estate), located in Pinhão at an altitude of 150m above sea level in the Cima Corgo, the Douro sub-region known for making the best Ports and dry wines. This winery was established in 1816 by D. Pedro IV, the Portuguese crown heir, as a place where they could collect taxes, which were then paid in grapes or wine. This is the origin of the Quinta's name: Infantado derives from Infante, the Portuguese for Prince. The Roseira family has owned Quinta do Infantado for over a century. Joao Roseira looks after the vineyards and oversees the winemaking and his sister-in-law Paula looks after the marketing of their wines.

Vineyards

All the Infantado vineyards are the best quality that the Douro Valley has to offer and are planted on schistous soils. Infantado owns small vineyard plots ranging from 1.5-5 hectares in the Vale de Moinhos, Serra de Cotas, Castelos and Serra Douro where the grapes for the LBV are grown. These are old vines planted at an altitude of between 200-350m above sea level.

Vintage Information

The best vintage for Port in the last 20 years! July and August were marked by dry weather, and late August rain showers offered just the right relief for the vines. 2011 reaffirmed the belief that in the Douro, a vintage is created in the last three months of the grape-growing season. Harvest took place under perfect blue skies.

Vinification

As is tradition at Quinta do Infantado, the grapes were trodden by foot and fermented in the traditional lagares. Fermentation lasted longer than many estates resulting in drier wines. 77% ABV wine brandy was used to stop fermentation and the LBV was aged for 45 months in 100 year old, 250 hectolitre casks before being bottled unfiltered.

Tasting Notes

Ruby in colour, with notes of black fruit and spices on the nose. The palate is fresh, fruity and spicy, full of round ripe tannins. The finish is long with a medium freshness.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 35% Touriga Franca
35% Touriga Nacional
30% Tinta Roriz
Region Cima Corgo, Douro
Winemaker Fátima Ribas
Alcohol (ABV) 19.5%