Tinta Francisca

Douro

Casa Ferreirinha

This producer, founded in 1952, is named after the legendary Porto matriarch Dona...

Antónia Ferreira. Affectionately nicknamed 'Ferreirinha' by her countrymen, the house pays homage to her memory and was the first house in the region dedicated to making light wines. Purchased by Sogrape in 1987, it has 520 hectares of vineyard in the Douro in all of its three sub-regions: Lower Corgo, Upper Corgo and Douro Superior. The winemaking is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a freshness, like Esteva and Papa Figos, allied to a lovely depth and texture, as with Vinha Grande Tinto and Quinta da Leda.

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Vineyards

The grapes were picked from different sections of the Quinta da Leda estate, as well as some neighbouring vineyards. Quinta da Leda's 160 hectares of vines were planted in collaboration with the Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro de Vila Real, where a study was carried out on clonal research to select the best varieties in the Douro. The findings decided the varieties to be chosen and planted on this estate, using only the best clones of each variety for grafting.

Vintage Information

2014 was characterised by atypical weather. It was a particularly rainy year, with a cool summer, though there were heat waves recorded at the start of summer and the beginning of autumn. January was exceptionally hot but August was cooler than average. The harvested grapes had very well-balanced levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds. The harvest took place at the start of September, and some rainfall was recorded in the middle of the month which made careful grape selection necessary.

Vinification

The wine was made at the modern winery at Quinta do Seixo. After hand-harvesting, the grapes were destemmed and underwent gentle crushing before being transferred to oak casks, where maceration and fermentation occurred. Maceration took place for a prolonged period at controlled temperatures to optimise the extraction of aromas and colour. The wines were transported to Vila Nova de Gaia where they continued their maturation for about 24 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 50% of which were new. The final wine is lightly filtered before bottling.

Tasting Notes

This wine is deep ruby red in colour, with an intense aromas of balsamic, truffle, forest-floor and pine needles, along with notes of black pepper, asparagus and well-integrated oak. On the palate, it has firm tannins, a lively acidity, spicy notes of black pepper and a touch of saltiness on the long finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2014
Grape varieties 100% Tinta Francisca
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 5.5g/l
Residual Sugar 1.2g/l
Wine pH 3.7