Red Wine
Barca Velha
Casa Ferreirinha 2008, 75cl

approx. £675.93

  out of stock


 Good ageing

 Serve at 16º-18º

 Bordeaux, Tempranillo

20/20  Revista de Vinhos


O Produtor, tasting note published in July 27th 2021

Intense ruby hue and a harmonious and complex bouquet, with a strong presence of well-ripened red fruits, floral hints of lavender and violet, and a fine spice component. Its palate is full-bodied, with lively balanced acidity, well-integrated tannins and layers of character to epitomise the best of the Douro.

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Barca Velha

The Wine: Barca Velha is the pinnacle of quality amongst Douro wines. Classic, intense, complex, elegant and rich, adjectives are inadequate to describe what is, since its creation in 1952, the most celebrated Portuguese wine. Barca Velha is only declared in exceptional years and is the basis on which Casa Ferreirinha has built its reputation. Since 1952, Barca Velha has only been made 17 times, including 2004.

Tasting Notes: Barca Velha 2004 has an intense ruby hue and a harmonious and complex bouquet, with a strong presence of well-ripened red fruits, floral hints of lavender and violet, and a fine spice component. Its palate is full-bodied, with lively balanced acidity, well-integrated tannins and layers of character to epitomise the best of the Douro. Its supreme quality is expressed through fresh red fruit flavours accompanied by spicy and balmy notes. It has a long and complex finish, with remarkable delicacy and structure.

Harvest Year: 2004 was a very warm and dry year. Even though there was little rain during the Winter and Spring, leading to a reduction in vine diseases, early September threatened a reversal of this situation because of the abnormally high rainfall in August. Fortunately the situation changed radically and the harvest was very warm and dry. It got under way in mid-September and lasted to the end of October, with heavy rain in its final stages which did not affect the quality of the most fragile grapes, which had already been picked.

Winemaking: The hand-picked grapes for Barca Velha were vinified by variety or in batches chosen at the vineyard and/or on arrival at the Quinta da Leda winery. After full de-stemming and soft crushing, alcoholic fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and robot-operated presses. During this period, intense pumping-over and robot-operated pigeages were carried out at automatically controlled temperatures. A long skin maceration was carried out in order to obtain aromatic and polyphenolic extraction. Finally, and at the precise moment dictated by each grape variety/blend, the wine was stored and the must pressed. The wines resulting from pressing were separated from the pomace.

Maturation: The wines were taken to V.N de Gaia immediately after the end of maceration and there, after the final fermentations, underwent maturation for about 16 months in 225-litre French oak barrels, 75% of which were new and 25% used. The final blend was prepared from a continuous selection of the best wines, the result of the numerous tastings and analyses carried out during this period on the different blends and barrels. In order to preserve its supreme quality, Barca Velha 2004 was bottled with no prior treatment and it is therefore natural that it develops a deposit.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 100250

Sogrape Vinhos

Sogrape Vinhos was born of the will and courage of a group of friends. In the difficult economic and political environment of 1942, they decided to stake everything on the visionary talents of one man. This man had the vision to create and develop an innovative wine company with a difference, one which could make and promote Portuguese wines on a global scale.

This vision belonged to Fernando van Zeller Guedes, whose character and forceful personality paved the way for a successful venture that many believed was doomed to fail from the outset. The unparalleled foresight and vision of Sogrape’s founder, resulted in the creation of the first global Portuguese wine brand – Mateus Rosé. Sold in over 120 countries, this proved to be such a resounding commercial success that it provided the decisive momentum for the growth as well as affirming the leadership of which the Company is so proud. The willingness to innovate and the ambition to do things differently – along with respect for tradition and the values of ethics and responsibility – marked the birth of an organization that has proved capable of preserving its founder’s vision and adapting to inevitably changing times. Today, led by the third generation of the founding family, Sogrape Vinhos is ever more closely dedicated to meeting the founding objective: to bring the world quality Portuguese wine brands, with sufficient volume to satisfy the needs of different market segments.

From the pioneering days of buying barrels of wine from small producers in the Douro for processing and bottling in a rented cellar in Vila Real, Sogrape Vinhos has steadily grown. Continuous investment has expanded and developed the company’s assets and workforce to such a degree that Sogrape Vinhos owns over 830 hectares of vineyards in all the key Portuguese wine regions. Nowadays, the full scope of Sogrape Vinhos is clearly demonstrated by the breadth and weight of its portfolio. At first glance, what immediately stands out is the presence of two major global Portuguese wine brands – Mateus Rosé and Sandeman as well as the prestigious wines of Porto Ferreira and Offley. Added to which are the renowned specialist brands that represent the major Portugese wine regions. Beginning with the most famous Portuguese wine of all, Barca Velha, the pride of Casa Ferreirinha (Douro) and continuing with the elegant wines of Quinta dos Carvalhais (Dão), the vibrant Herdade do Peso (Alentejo), the fresh Vinhos Verdes of Quinta de Azevedo and Gazela, and the multi-regional Grão Vasco, to name but a few.

To tell the story of Sogrape Vinhos it is essential to retrace the origins and evolution of the plan conceived by this visionary man. And then to appreciate how his successors have inherited his values and pursued them with dedication, vigour and expertise to grow and develop Portugal’s leading wine company. Above all, the achievements of such a large team are promoted with pride and sustained by the ambition to innovate and enhance all that Sogrape Vinhos has to offer.


Sogrape Vinhos S.A.

Aldeia Nova
4430 – 809 Avintes
Vila Nova de Gaia

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