Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo, to give the estate its full name, dates back to 1764 and its historic winery is still used today. Situated along the banks of the Douro River near the villages of Ferrão and Pinhão the estate boasts 120 hectares of prime demarcated land and was one of the first to embrace oenotourism (hotel, restaurant, wine bar, wine tastings, and grape picking at harvest time). The name, usually shortened to Quinta Nova, comes from the chapel built in honour of the sailors who navigated the River Douro in the 17th century and which houses a statue of Our Lady of Carmo.
The Douro's vineyards are classified for port production and 85 hectares of Quinta Nova's plantings are the top 'A' grade. Today the estate is owned by the Amorim family, better known for the production of wine corks, and there is no shortage of money for investment in vineyards and winemaking. A range of wines is produced including the unoaked Colheita, which in the 2011 vintage was bottled part under the classic label, part in a serigraphed bottle celebrating the estate's 250th anniversary in 2014. For this wine the vines are between 20 and 30 years of age and no wood maturation is used, allowing full expression of the traditional local grape varieties - touriga nacional, tinta roriz, touriga franca and tinta amarela - and terroir. The Reserva comes from parcels of older vines and spends around 16 months in French and American oak barrels, with a further period in bottle before release.
What we say:
Cheeky magnum. Had no idea what this was going to be like and was a little nervous it would be very strong but I found it to be very nice and drinkable. Had this with some good friends over some supper. Slightly sharp.