Red Wine Papa Figos 2015 75cl Douro DOC
Red Wine Papa Figos 2015 75cl Douro DOCRed Wine Papa Figos 2015 75cl Douro DOC
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Red Wine
Papa Figos
2015, 75cl
Douro DOC

5,95€

 13%

 Better enjoy soon

 Serve at 16º-18º

 Bordeaux

16/20  Revista de Vinhos

 

O Produtor, tasting note published in May 27th 2015

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Papa Figos

The Wine: Of all the birds in the Douro, the golden oriole (papa-figos in Portuguese) is one of the rarest. It’s an attractive, brightly-coloured migratory bird, unique and rare, and thus the perfect inspiration for this lovely wine from Casa Ferreirinha. Papa Figos is a red wine from the Douro, ideal for everyday drinking as well as for special occasions. It’s an elegant but vibrant wine, classic yet modern, conveying all the deep-set values of Casa Ferreirinha, the oldest producer of quality table wines in the Douro, and one of the main standard-bearers for the region throughout the world.

Tasting Notes: Papa Figos 2013 is is deep ruby-red in colour, almost purple. The aroma is intense, dominated by floral notes of gum cistus and violets, as well as lively red fruit such as plums and strawberries. There are also balsamic notes, cedar and menthol, combined with a discrete touch of well-integrated oak. It is full in body, with well-balanced acidity, good tannins and plenty of lively fruit. The finish is long, harmonious and elegant.

Harvest Year: The viticultural year of 2013, in contrast with 2012, was marked by a cold, rainy Winter, with precipitation above the average of the last 3 years. Notably, the vegetative cycle was late, in particular the flowering, which was somewhat irregular. Despite the improvement in the weather in the Summer months, which were hot and dry or extremely dry (the 6th driest summer since 1931), the vegetative cycle was delayed right up to the harvest, which started on average 8 to 10 days late. From the end of September onwards there were periods of rain, sometimes heavy, which particularly affected the areas where rainfall is typically more prevalent. Here it was necessary to take extra care.

Winemaking: The grapes selected for this wine come from the Douro Superior region, about 25% from Quinta da Leda and the rest from producers owning vineyards ideally facing north at relatively high altitude. After gentle destemming and crushing, the grapes are transferred into stainless steel tanks for the skin maceration and alcoholic fermentation. During this phase, intense maceration is achieved by the pumping-over method. The temperature is kept at around 25ºC by a system of refrigeration and/or warming. At the end of the maceration period, which varies from tank to tank depending on grape variety and quality of the year, the wine is run off the solids, the free-run wine being kept separate from the press wine. Malolactic fermentation is then encouraged in temperature-controlled conditions.

Maturation: Once the fermentations are over, the blend selected for Papa Figos 2013 remained in stainless steel tank throughout the whole Winter. During this time, owing to the naturally low temperatures, the wine gradually clears as the coarse particles settle out. At the end of the Winter, it underwent its first racking, the wine being run off the sediment. About 25% of the total of the blend spends approximately 8 months in used French oak barrels, and the final blend is bottled after 12 months.

Allergens information

Contains sulphites.

SKU: 100296

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.

Address

Sogrape Vinhos S.A.

Aldeia Nova
4430 – 809 Avintes
Vila Nova de Gaia

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