Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cao
Grapes come from the company estates of Quinta do Saiao and Quinta de Zom, with 220 acres and 200 acres, respectively. Grapes are hand cut, harvested in small baskets and delivered to the Quinta to be sorted and foot trodden without destemming. They are cold macerated for a full day prior to fermentation and then fermented with native yeasts in open top granite lagars under temperature control until about half of the grapes; natural sugar is consumed. At around 100-120 g/l of residual sugar, the fermenting wine is drained off its skins and stems and it is fortified with fine, 150 proof grape brandy from Spain. After the harvest, the wine remains in the winery in the Douro, where it is left to settle until the spring of the following year before it is taken to the lodges at Vila Nova de Gaia, next to Porto and near the Atlantic coast to be matured, blended and bottled. 40 Year Old Tawny is patiently matured for 40 years in seasoned oak casks, blended to obtain the house style and bottled.
Cask aging has lent the wine a softened mellow texture with an intense complex nose which complements the appealing raisiny fruit.