The Wine: Esteva is an attractive and elegant Douro red wine that combines character and versatility in a very accessible style, ideal for everyday drinking. Esteva is part of the range of wines produced by renowned winemaker Casa Ferreirinha. Recognized as the brand with the greatest tradition for making top quality Douro wines and Casa
Ferreirinha is renowned as a standard-bearer for this region throughout the world.
Tasting Notes: Esteva 2013 has an intense ruby-red appearance and a finely intense and harmonious bouquet, with a prevalence of red fruits (strawberry, red currant and cherry), warm notes of cedar and tobacco with floral rock-rose aromas. Its palate starts off softly and shows a fine structure with polished and fine-quality tannins, combined with a beautiful acidity that gives it freshness. Red fruits are also obvious. It has an elegant and harmonious finish.
Winemaking: Esteva 2013 was made from “A” grade grapes (the region’s top quality). These were sourced from Casa Ferreirnha’s vineyards in the Pinhão area, especially Quinta do Caêdo and Quinta do Porto, as well as from higher-altitude surrounding areas. The optimum ripening point needed for this style of wine was obtained naturally, along with satisfactory levels of acidity. The hand-picked bunches were softly de-stemmed and crushed, and subsequently fermented in stainless steel tanks, with pumping over and skin maceration, at a controlled temperature of 25ºC. After maceration, there followed malolactic fermentation.
Maturation: The wines selected to make up Esteva 2013 remained in the Douro during the Winter in stainless steel tanks. Subjected to the traditionally low temperatures of both the season and the region, the wines clarified naturally, before being transferred and taken to Vila Nova de Gaia. The final blend was based on a careful selection and numerous tastings.