SHAKING UP THE WINE WORLD
Quinta da Boavista is one of the most emblematic vineyards of the Douro, an estate indelibly associated with the name of Baron Joseph James Forrester, a pre-eminent figure in the history of winemaking in this, Portugal’s premium winemaking region.
Located on the Douro’s right bank, just West of the sleepy town of Pinhão and endowed with a unique, spectacular view over the river, this icon of the Demarcated Douro Region is best-known for its quality vines, some a century old, planted in schist terraces built by the arduous labour of men and beast in the 19th Century and before. On this property, one feels as if time has stood still, that memories are rigorously preserved, making Quinta da Boavista an ex-libris of the breathtaking mix of natural beauty and human ingenuity that is the Douro. The sum of all these elements is an ideal terroir for producing wines of exceptional quality.
As is common to all Boavista wines, the Reserva was aged in French oak barrels from different cooperages and with different levels of toast for two years, followed by another year's aging in bottle. The result is a very complex wine that reveals itself gradually on a number of different levels.
Complex, deep, intense and seductive hints of both red and black fruit, plus tobacco, spices and dark chocolate.
Fine, polished tannins that make for a long finish. Elegantly balanced acidity and fruit.
Vinification in traditional granite "lagares" with foot treading, stainless steel vats or - for the single-vineyard wines - small containers or upturned 500-L French oak barrels. Each type of vinification confers a distinct style on each wine. All Boavista wines are aged in French oak barrels from different cooperages and with different levels of toast.
VINHA DO ORATORIO
A single-vineyard wine from Boavista’s ex-libris the Vinha do Oratório, whose towering, serpentine terraces form an altar like shape that give the vineyard its name.
Deep, intense ruby.
Elegant, depth with predominantly red and briar fruit backed up by complexity resulting from long ageing in barrel.
Silky on first contact, very fine tanins which provide a generous structure to ths wine, though with elegance and balance. Intense mouthfeel and pronouncedly long finish.
The Oratório grapes are fermented and foot-trodden in open granite vats and aged in French oak barrels for over 18 months. The wine is stored for at least one year before being released to the market. No stabilization or filtration means that deposits can form with age, therefore we recommend decanting before service.
VINHA DO UJO
The second single vineyard wine of Quinta da Boavista comes from a north-facing, dramatically steep vineyard with extremely narrow terraces. Ujo is the local Douro name for Eagle Owl.
Still relatively closed needs time: mineral, red fruit, extremely fine and elegant.
Freshness, elegance and still some hint of tannins. Vibrant texture. Very long finish.
Grapes are fermented in large, 500-litre French oak barrels and, after a period of maceration, transferred to 225-litre barrels, also made of French oak, for 16 months of ageing. The wine is stored for at least one year before being released to the market. No stabilization or filtration means that deposits can form with age, therefore we recommend decanting before service.