Deep ruby in colour. On the nose, intense aromas of ripe red and black fruits are married with spicy notes of pepper and cinnamon and hints of balsamic. On the palate, smooth and polished tannins create a velvety mouth feel, and a bright acidity carries the intense flavours onto the long and elegant finish.
- Feature(s): Vegetarian;Vegan;Sustainable
- Alcohol (ABV): 13.5 %
- Acidity: 5.80 g/l
- Residual sugar: 1.50 g/l
- pH: 3.60
'Castas Escondidas' translates as 'hidden varieties' and showcases some of the lesser known grape varieties of the Douro Valley: Touriga Fêmea, Tinta Francisca, Marufo and the marvellously named Bastardo - the Portuguese name for the Jura's Trousseau. Luís sourced the grapes from a range of vineyard sites in the Douro Superior and Cima Corgo from a combination of Casa Ferreirinha-owned vineyards and trusted growers, with whom he has worked for many years. He also included a significant proportion of fruit from old, low-yielding, field-blend plots in the blend.
2018 was a challenging vintage in the Douro due to unsettled weather at the beginning of the growing cycle. An extremely dry and cold winter delayed budburst and a particularly rainy spring led to increased disease pressure in the vineyards, which resulted in a significant reduction in yields. Nevertheless, these rains did replenish water reserves in the soils, which sustained the vines through the hot, dry summer that followed and the grapes underwent a perfectly paced slow ripening. The grapes harvested were excellent quality with great concentration of flavour balanced by a vibrant acidity.
Upon arrival at the winery, the grapes were destemmed and crushed and moved to stainless-steel vats for fermentation at controlled temperatures. A long post-fermentation maceration ensured optimum extraction of colour and flavour and rounded out the tannins. The wines were then moved to used French oak barrels and aged in cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for around 18 months. During this period, the wines underwent careful analysis and several tastings by Luís and the winemaking team and the final blend was assembled from a selection of the best barrels and then fined and filtered prior to bottling,
Casa Ferreirinha was the first Douro producer dedicated entirely to making table wines, rather than Port. Its origins date back to 1952 when Fernando Nicolau de Almeida produced the first ever vintage of Barca-Velha and kickstarted the quality revolution in Douro table wines. Named after the legendary Dona Antónia Ferreira, one of the formidable widows of the world of wine, Casa Ferreirinha pays homage to the memory of this visionary woman. Today, the winemaking team is headed up by Luís Sottomayor, who restrains the Douro’s natural exuberance to produce wines that have a vibrant freshness allied to a lovely texture and depth.