Quinta do Portal Douro & Port
Quinta do Portal is not one quinta but four. Portal itself was once known as Quinta do Casal de Celeirós while the estates also include the Quinta do Confradeiro at Celeirós in the Pinhão Valley. Money and expertise have not been spared and the most recent vintages show that it is now all starting to come together. The style is for oaky wines but recently this has been matched by a ripe, intense fruit expression. Previous wood-taint problems have been addressed with help from one of the leading experts in this field, Pascal Chatonnet. Varietal Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional are expressive with good intensity. Grande Reserva is oaky but also stylish and minerally with a convincing fruit depth and richness that should harmonise with 8–10 years’ age. Vintage Port, made since 1995, comes from Quinta dos Muros grapes and shows good promise. In addition a small portion is bottled separately as Portal+. Fortified Moscatel Galego (Muscat á Petit Grains) has become something of a niche speciality and in 2009, Portal released its maiden 2007 late harvest blend of Moscatel, Rabigato and Viosinho. Growing demand for dry whites has encourage significant new plantings, 84ha of which major on white varieties (especially Viosinho and Gouveio).
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