The Wine: Callabriga is a modern-style Douro red, intense and elegant, created to reflect the versatility and contemporary vibrancy of Douro wines. Callabriga is one of the most innovative wines made by Casa Ferreirinha, the company with the longest tradition of production of top-quality unfortified Douro wines and one of the most respected Douro names throughout the world.
Tasting Notes: Callabriga Red 2012 is deep ruby-red in colour, almost opaque. It has an intense, complex bouquet dominated by plum, blackcurrant and strawberry, as well as notes of resin and cedar and a hint of menthol. There are also touches of violet, ginger, nutmeg and subtle, well-integrated oak. It has excellent body, lively acidity, very good tannins, and black and red fruit flavours with spicy, peppery notes. The finish is long and complex.
Harvest Year: The winter of 2011/2012 was very cold, with practically no rainfall, followed by a spring that was drier and hotter than average, except for April, which was particularly rainy. The end of the ripening period, in August and September, was also remarkably hot and dry. This made for very balanced ripening and grapes of excellent quality.
Winemaking: Grapes were hand picked at perfect ripeness in various vineyards at Quinta da Leda and surrounding properties and vinified at the estate winery. After total destemming and gentle crushing, they were transferred to stainless steel tank or robotic lagars, where fermentation took place at controlled temperature. There followed a long post-fermentation maceration for better extraction of high-quality
aromatic components from grape skins to wine.
Maturation: The wine was gradually transported to Vila Nova de Gaia from October to December. There it continued its maturation for 12 to 18 months in used oak barrels of French and American origin (75% and 25% respectively). The final blending was done following months of tasting to choose the best wines, barrel by barrel, variety by variety. The final blend was then bottled without cold stabilisation. It might, therefore, with time, throw a natural sediment.