Red Wine
Vale Meão 2017, 75cl

approx. £11.14


 Good ageing

 Serve at 16º


94/100  Wine Spectator

16/20  Revista de Vinhos


O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2017

Lively color. Floral scents combined with red fruit aromas. Fills the mouth with intense fruit notes, showing a long, very fresh and complex after taste.

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Wine promotions cannot be combined with other discounts or coupons. The year 2016 was marked by a very rainy spring, with precipitation between November 2015 and May 2016 doubling the values registred on the previous year. Due to the high precipitation recorded in spring, the vines showed good vigor and a very balanced vegetative wall.

The summer was slow to arrive, as the average temperature in May and June was lower than in 2015, but in August the average temperature remained higher than in the previous year. Despite the heat registered, the precipitation occurred in the spring was sufficient to maintain the water reserves in the soil. Although the older vines showed no symptoms of water stress, in the younger vines some water deficit was patent. Due to high thermal and luminous stress values, there was some loss of production due to scalding of the bunches, especially in plots exposed to the West. Such conditions delayed the maturation of the bunches, and the white harvesting began on 30 August. The first harvested red variety was the Tinta Barroca on September 2, followed by Tinta Amarela and Tinta Roriz on September 3. Due to the excellent climatic conditions recorded during September, it was possible to harvest calmly, waiting for the ideal point of maturation without risk of precipitation. The last grapes of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca were harvested on 8 and 10 October, respectively. Generally the wines of 2016 are quite elegant and well-balanced, having excellent potential.

After being crushed, the grapes were cooled down and trodden by foot during four hours in granite lagares and then transferred to small refrigerated stainless steel vinifying vats. Each grape variety is vinified separately.This wine was matured in second and third year French Allier oak barriques.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 100287

Quinta do Vale Meão

In 1877, Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, owner of the largest winemaking estate in the Douro, purchased 300 hectares of virgin land at auction from the Vila Nova de Foz Côa municipality. Her dream was to create a model vineyard from nothing, using for this the vast experience she had acquired throughout a lifetime as a Douro landowner. This ambitious project took eight years to complete, from 1887 to 1895. Sadly, this grand lady’s pleasure in her last and most significant enterprise was of short duration as she died in 1896.

Since then, the estate always remained in the hands of her descendants. In the 1970s, her great-great-great-grandson, Francisco Javier de Olazabal became responsible for its management and he began the long and laborious process of acquiring the shares that belonged to his kin and to other co-owners of the property. In 1994, he and his children became the sole owners of the Quinta. Until then, the grapes from the estate were sold to A.A. Ferreira S.A., the company established by Dona Antónia’s descendants, where they formed the basis of some its finest wines. This connection continued until 1998 when Francisco Javier de Olazabal resigned as Managing Director of A.A. Ferreira S.A. to dedicate himself, together with his oenologist son Francisco de Olazabal y Nicolau de Almeida, to producing, ageing and marketing the wines from the Quinta through a new company, F. Olazabal & Filhos Lda.


F. Olazabal & Filhos, Lda.

Quinta do Vale Meão
5150-501 Vila Nova de Foz Côa

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