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This wine was made with grapes from 25 year old vineyards of Quinta de Nápoles and old vines from Pinhão. Mostly Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. The old vines contribute to the elegance of this wine, while the 25 year old vines give it youth. It is a wine that finds a unique balance between concentration, fruit, complexity and elegance, resulting in an excellent 2011 red. Made to be drunk young, it has a great ageing potential.
2011 harvest began September 5th and after careful selection both at the vine and the winery, fermentation took place in stainless steel cone-shaped vats, with maceration up to a maximum of 25 days. The wine aged for 18 months in French oak barrels (15% new oak)
Vertente 2011 has a bright ruby colour. The nose is complex and subtle, with black fruit aromas, spices and earthy mineral notes. On the palate it is elegant and fine, with a good structure, well balanced and smooth tannins, with a long, fresh finish. It is a wine with character, promising a long life in bottle.