2018 Maçanita Tinto
Deep violet. On the nose, redolent of black and blue fruit tinged with violets and wet stone. On the palate, rich but balanced, with fresh acidity coupling the dark blueberry and plum fruit. Finishes long and spicy, with a big dose of flowers and minerals. This is a rich, dark fruited wine that pairs beautifully with grilled and roasted meats and richer game dishes.
Antonio Maçanita is one of the most dynamic, brilliant young winemakers in Portugal, crafting wines everywhere from the Azores archipelago to Alentejo. In the Douro, this brother and sister team has managed to pool their considerable winemaking talent to showcase the breadth of terroir in the oldest classified European appellation. Sourcing from sites spread across the 3 subzones of the Douro, the Maçanitas use classic Douro grape varieties with modern winemaking techniques to produce wines of balance, elegance and true Douro character.
55% Touriga Naçional, 25% old vine field blend (80+ years), 20% Sousao. Vine age ranges from 20-80+ years old. Hand harvested. Cold soak fermentation using wild yeasts, with 20 days maceration. Aged for 12 months; 50% in stainless steel, 25% new French barrique, 25% used French barrique.