On Tuesday October 13, five well-established port wineries presented their products to eager trade professionals.
Most people associate port wine with red, sweet, tawny, ruby, L B V or vintage style. A few fortified white sweet wines are also produced of which the French are very fond.
The Douro valley is serene, beautiful, dotted with terraced vineyards that by necessity must be harvested manually. Vineyards with less steep slopes are planted vertically but still have to be harvested manually. Yields per hectare are 55 hectolitres.
The region produces 70 million bottles of traditional port and 13 million red and white table wines.
Table wine reposition is relatively new due to declining traditional port consumption in the United Kingdom, and elsewhere in the world. Wine makers, by necessity, switched to partial table wine production. There were both dry white and red wines of distinction from the five quintas (Quinta=estate)
Red table are aged in French oak, whites are mostly fresh and never see any oak.
Traditional ports are aged in Romanian, Slovenian and chestnut barrels of 550 litre (One pipe contains 550 litres) for tawnies and LBV wines.
The following wines appealed to me:
White, 2014, Quinta Do Crasto
Redom, 2014, Niepoort
Cocher, 2013, Niepoort
Rufo, 2014, van Zeller, Quinta Valwe D. Maria
Reserve, 2014, Quinta do Vale de Meao
White 2014, Quinta do Vale de Meao
Red table wines
Rufo, 2012, Quinta Vale D. Maria
Vinha do Fransisca, 2012
Single vineyard of Quinta Vale D. Maria
Superior, 2013, Quinta do Crasto
Batuta, 2012, Niepoort
Charme, 2013, Niepoort
Touriga Nacional, 2012, Quinta do Vale de Meao
Resrva, 2012, Quitna do vale de Meao
Meandro Red 2013, Quinta do vale de Meao
Monte Meao, 2012, F. Olazabal e Filhos, Quinta do vale de Meao
Colheita Tawny, 2000,
Lote 2012 Quinta Vale D. Maria
20 Year Old tawny Quinta Vallado