Legado

Douro, douro Portugal

Legado ('legacy') is as a tribute to Sogrape's Fernando Guedes and his unreserved passion for highlighting the unique viticultural heritage of the Douro Valley. He was the second generation to head up Sogrape and one of the first Portuguese oenologists to graduate from the University of Dijon in the mid 1950s. After returning to Portugal, Fernando increasingly believed in the need to draw attention to the quality of the ancient vineyards of the Ribeira de Caêdo valley. In 1990, Sogrape acquired Quinta do Caêdo with 22 hectares of vineyards lying across both banks of the river. The estate has a treasure trove of low-yielding old vines, and Legado was launched in 2012 as a cuveé of this exceptional fruit.

The vineyard is located in Ervedosa do Douro with seven hectares of gnarled, ancient vines. These rows are retained by walls built over a century ago. Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional make up about 50% of the vine population, and the remainder includes varieties such as Donzelinho, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca, Tinta da Barca and Rufete, among others yet to be identified.

Legado is a blend of these varieties and is a true reflection of the diversity of Portuguese red grapes and the history of field blends in the region. The grapes undergo a soft crushing before a long, slow fermentation in small stainless steel tanks. After fermentation and blending, the wine is aged for two years in new French oak barrels in Vila Nova de Gaia before bottling. Legado is made only in truly exceptional vintages. It has elegant blackberry fruit with notes of cinnamon and tobacco adding complexity. Full, but fine-grained, tannins and a fresh acidity allow it to age for up to 20 years.

 

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