Quinta da Leda
The Wine: Quinta da Leda is a top-quality wine of great complexity and elegance, a fine example of the richness and modernity of great Douro wines today. It is an honoured member of the range of 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.
Harvest Year: A mild and dry winter. Continuous rainfall from the end of winter extended into spring, accompanied by
periods of low temperature. These factors contributed to abnormal incidences of disease on the vine,
especially mildew, and also affected flowering. Summer was mild with occasional heatwaves and
generally cold nights that contributed to a long and balanced end to maturation. The resulting wines
produced were of superior quality.
Winemaking: Vinified at the Quinta da Leda winery from grapes on the estate bursting with maturation, with a view to
obtaining higher aromatic and polyphenolic concentration. After total destemming and soft-crushing, the
grapes are transferred to stainless steel tanks or lagares, where maceration and alcoholic fermentation
take place. Maceration is adapted accorded to each grape variety; temperature controls and
“pumping-over” techniques tailored to their individual characteristics
Maturation: After final fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak barrels (50% new and 50% used) for a period of
roughly 18 months. The final blend is made after careful selection following numerous organoleptic tests
and analysis undertaken during this period. In order to preserve the highest possible quality, the wine is
only subject to light filtration prior to bottling. As it did not undergo cold stabilization, a natural sediment
may form in the bottle over time.