Lavradores de Feitoria Douro
This new project gathers in grapes from 15 estates that were previously sold to port companies. The winemaking team of Paulo Ruão, José Carlos Fernandes and Raul Perreira shows a lot of skill in selecting and blending the grapes for an expanding range of wines. Três Bagos is an already successfully established brand, the grapes being drawn from all 3 of the Douro sub-regions. The red from Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca offers plenty of character and fruit, while a white from local varieties is fresh and perfumed with good intensity. An unexpectedly good Sauvignon is also made. Basic Douro bottlings, both the red and a white from 100% Malvasia, are forward, fruity quaffers. The wines to seek out, however, are the Grande Escolha red which has a classy black-fruited depth and lots of breadth and the spicy, red-fruited Meruge, the so-called Feitoria blood brother of Niepoort Charme (Dirk Niepoort has been involved in the project from the outset). A special singlequinta bottling, Quinta da Costa das Aguaneiras No. 6 (mostly Touriga Nacional), has lush, plummy old-vine fruit that suggests there are more good things in store here.
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