2020 Wine & Soul Quinta da Manoella Red
Wine & Soul was founded in 2001 by Sandra Tavares da Silva (Quinta do Vale D. Maria and Quinta de Chocapalha) and her husband Jorge Borges (then Niepoort, now Passadouro). The name Wine & Soul was chosen because the winemakers put their heart and soul into making wines that symbolize their lives. They bought a 2 ha vineyard with very old sticks in Vale de Mendiz next to Quinta do Noval. From the first harvest, the couple have become icons of the Douro region, acclaimed nationally and internationally for the charm and character of their wines that represent the unique terroir of the Douro region. In 2009, the Quinta da Manoella couple inherited a fantastic estate with mainly very old vineyards that are oriented to the south.
The Quinta da Manoella Red is a great blend of 60% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinta Francisca from vines that are at least 40 years old and grow low to the ground as bushvines. As soon as the grapes are perfectly ripe it is time to harvest, the grapes are selected after which they are crushed with the feet in the traditional way in lagares (large concrete vats). By crushing the grapes with the feet, there is as much color as possible and less rough tannins in the final wine because in this way few grape seeds are crushed that release these rough tannins. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks followed by 16 months in used French oak barrels.
The result of this process is a wonderful example of what the Douro has to offer. The Quinta da Manoella Red gives a complex nose with intense black fruit, cassis, plums, dried herbs and an earthy undertone. In the mouth concentrated cherries, slightly spicy, lively, elegant and very pleasant long finish with nice supple tannins. A great wine to drink with red meat dishes, lamb and charcuterie or to store in the cellar for a few more years.
|Type of Wine
|Wine and Soul
|Touriga, Touriga Franca
|Drinking as of
|Earthy, Rustic, Dark fruit, Dry, Aged on wood, Powerful, Mineral, Tannines, Full
|Barbecue, Cadeau!, Lekker luxe, Met vrienden, Romantisch