What am I: Quinta do Javali Maria Luisa Branco 2018
Quinta do Javali is a small property of about 18 hectares. It is located along the left bank of the Douro River in the parish of Nagoselo do Douro – São João da Pesqueira, in a place with a history of wine production as old as the region itself.
The property is located on a small quay in the river, which has been used as a wharf for loading the typical rabelo boats. It also serves as a small cottage, fully rebuilt, and displays an inscription found on the door threshold dating from 1839. The typical and old Douro terrace walls in the property are witness to the history of the vineyard.
Javali has a North-Eastern exposure and orientation, as well as the schistose soil with vertical diaclasites. This allows the vine roots to penetrate to unthinkable depths This deep root system provides a complex number of benefits for the vines. As a result, Quinta do Javali is able to create an exceptional port and Douro DOC wines.
The vineyard is planted in the characteristic Douro terraces at an altitude between 150 and 300m. Plantings include Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Tinto Cão, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, and Sousão. With the mission of exploring this hidden treasure of the Douro Javali created the family company Sociedade Agrícola da Quinta do Javali, Lda.
Quinta do Javali Maria Luisa Branco 2018 white wine is golden in color, as a result of the maceration process. It has a strong aromatic intensity, with notes of the fruit of very mature quince, amplified by the skin maceration. Highlights include notes of caramelized orange peel, crystallized honey, dried fruits, and slightly earthy and resinous suggestions. To support this aromatic richness of fruit and terroir of excellence, there are harmonious sweet notes from the barrel.
In the mouth, it combines a remarkable acidic freshness with mature tannins from whole bunch maceration. The grapes are not stemmed before being trodden by foot in lagar. Fermentation takes place in the lagar and is finished in used French oak barrels. Aged 12 months with bâtonnage. The wine is not stabilized by cold and only has a light filtration.
Region, Sub-region and/or DOC: Douro
Grape Varieties: Viosinho, Arinto
Alcohol by volume: 13.5%