Quinta dos Murças Margem, Minas and Assobio’s 2017’s harvest have just been launched into the market. Assobio reflects the profile of the vineyards oriented to the north of Quinta dos Murças, while Quinta dos Murças Minas and Margem express the diversity of the 8 terroirs of Quinta dos Murças.
These three wines are the manifestation of the agricultural year of 2017, an unusual year – extremely hot and dry. According to winemaker José Luís Moreira da Silva, “the grapes came to the cellar with more mature fruit, but as we began harvesting very early, still with the freshness and balance we are always looking for. The tannins are softer and ripe, compared to previous harvests”.
Quinta dos Murças Margem 2017 originates from the oldest vineyards closest to the Douro river, where the altitude is lower and the orientation is south and west, which is reflected in the great concentration and maturation of the grapes. This red wine is the expression of this concentration and proximity to the river, being produced only 5500 liters.
Quinta dos Murças Minas 2017 is produced with grapes of vines oriented to the south, where five mines of water are found that allow to create the identity of this red wine. According to winemaker José Luís Moreira da Silva, this identity consists of the “balance between concentration and freshness”. The scents of fresh fruit, its liveliness and intensity refer to the origin vineyard.
The grapes are trodden on foot in the granite mills and aged for 9 months in used French oak barrels and concrete vats.
Assobio Tinto 2017, coming from vineyards such as those that are oriented north in Quinta dos Murças, reveals good acidity, is an elegant wine, less concentrated and very fresh. According to oenologist José Luís Moreira da Silva, this wine is “the expression of the Douro, in its highest altitude and freshness”. Produced on the basis of the most traditional native grape varieties of the region: Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca.