Quinta de Macedos Douro
This is a very promising small property on the Rio Torto, which has been sympathetically revived by Paul Reynolds and his brother Raymond, a UK wine shipper. It runs to just 6.8 ha but much of it is planted to old vines. Viticulture is organic and old terraces of varying aspect have a mixed planting of Douro varieties (but led by Touriga Franca). Replanting has been undertaken where necessary and buildings have been restored including the stone lagares. A vertical basket press has also been installed for further extraction. The leading wine, Quinta de Macedos (first made in 2000) is produced from the oldest vines (60–80 years old) and spends 20 months in new French oak. The result is a deep, very rich, very ripe concentrated red with classic Douro complexity. It avoids over-ripeness, overextraction or excess oak but has a structure and density that deserves at least 10 years’ ageing. Lagar de Macedos with more Tinta Roriz comes from slightly younger vines and spends less time in oak. Although it is soft and approachable the abundant fine tannins suggest more time is needed. A third, more accessible but still well-structured wine, Pinga do Torto is from younger vines of Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca.
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