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Quinta do Vallado Douro Tinto

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For a wine that is 13% alcohol, this comes across as quite a rich number. Made from a blend of native Portuguese grapes, fleshy fruity smells of plums and cherries jump out of the glass, mingling with aromas of dark chocolate, earthy spices and some dried herbs. The palate is quite plush and juicy, with the plums coming though, along with the spices and herbs in the flavours. It's all wrapped up in fine tannins, bright acidity, and a sweetly fruited finish.

Winemaker's Notes

The Douro Valley has long been home to production of Port wines. For the past couple of decades, however, a movement towards increasingly fine and elegant table wines has been underway. This movement has by now clearly culminated in a successful new industry, pioneered by the Douro Boys: Vallado, Crasto, Meão, Niepoort, Dona Maria.

Each work mainly with ‘field blends’—old, co-planted single vineyards containing a mixture of Douro indigenous varieties: Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão, Tinta Barroca, Sousão and more. For all, a feature is retaining the smoky mineral tang of the Douro terroir’s schist soils.

Over the past decade Cristiano van Zeller has assisted Vallado modernise and shift from grower to A-grade estate producer.

Blue fruit and smokey schist perfectly define ‘Douro’. Cake-bake aromatics with stone-soil-berry amalgam; restrained with lovely spice and elegance. Tourigas Nacional and Franca, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão.

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