O Produtor, tasting note published in July 13th 1905
Quinta Vale D. Maria Vintage Port 2017 has a very deep purple colour. The fruit is black, ripe and juicy, with notes of bitter chocolate, figs and plums. The wine is dense, concentrated and with a dry finish as the structured tannins balance its sweetness. It is taut with a delicate, seductive and impressive finish. A great Vintage Port year, suitable to drink now or age for another 50 years.
The grapes were trodden by foot in traditional granite lagares prior to fermentation, together with 15% of the total brandy that would be added to the Port. This allows the grapes to macerate at lower temperatures and for a longer period. Fortification is done in a single step, adding the remaining brandy when the must is ready for fortification. This is followed by foot treading, so as to ensure a good homogenisation of the whole wine and the cessation of fermentation. The wine is then placed in oak and chestnut casks and transferred to stainless steel vats during the warmer months. After 21 months ageing, we blend for bottling. June 2020 – 6,500 bottles of 75cl and 150 Magnums
Lemos & Van Zeller
Quinta Vale D. Maria is a very old property in the heart of the Douro Demarcated Region. A small but dedicated team of winemakers and winemakers – Sandra Tavares da Silva, Joana Pinhão and Cristiano van Zeller – try to ensure that each of the Port or Douro DOC wines represents the best that the Region has to offer. The efforts try to be characterized by innovation and differentiation. The aim is that the wines reflect personality, character, pleasure, fun, being directed towards people and the pleasure of life.
Lemos & van Zeller, Lda.
Rua de Gondarém, 1427 – 2º Dt. Ala Norte