Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca
Vineyards & Viticulture
Grapes come from very old vineyards in Vale de Mendiz, on the banks of the Pinhão River. Average vine age from 70 to in excess of 100 years.
Harvest & Vinification
Colheita Ports are Tawnies which come from a single vintage and are aged in old barrels for a minimum period of seven years prior to bottling. The grapes are manually harvested and received in 25-kilo holders at the Vale de Mendiz, then foot-trodden in round, temperature-controlled granite lagares for four hours everyday after harvest by 25-30 people. Fermentation takes place over 2-3 days with 100% stem inclusion. Wine is then fortified after 50% of fermentation is complete with high quality brandy spirit, then aged in in small, over 50 year-old oak casks (550 and 600 L) at Vila Nova de Gaia for seven years before bottling. Residual sugar is 99 g/L.