First taste: Real Companhia Velha Quinta das Carvalhas Vinhas Velhas 2012
As promised in my post reviewing my highlights of 2014, here’s my note on one of my stand out 2012 Douro reds, a very fair maiden release I might add. Made by Jorge Moreira of Poeira and Quinta de la Rosa fame, it underlines for me why he was so mustard keen to show me Quinta das Carvalhas from which this exciting red was sourced back in 2011, the year after he’d taken over as Wine Director at Real Companhia Velha.
With centenarian vines, Quinta das Carvalhas is Real Companhia Velha’s flagship property and its oldest. Earliest references to the property date back to 1759. It is located on the left bank of the Douro River in Pinhão and extends down the slopes of the right bank of the Rio Torto tributary. The single vineyard Carvalhas range was launched in 2012.
Real Companhia Velha Quinta das Carvalhas Vinhas Velhas 2012 (Douro)
A very deep, opaque hue with a toasty oak burnish to the nose and terrific concentration of tight but juicy blackcurrant and wilder bilberry fruit. With compressed old vine florality, it has much yet to give. Firm sinewy tannins and smoky, schistous mineral-sluiced acidity carry a very long, ultra-precise, coolly poised finish. This is a very classically drawn, statuesque Douro red of great tension and excitement. If I have one criticism it’s the anodyne label. This wine deserves better Jorge! 14%