Quinta de la Rosa La Rosa Tinto 2008

Quinta de la Rosa is owned and run by the father and daughter team, Sophie and Tim Bergqvist. Tim’s mother (Claire Feurheerd) was given the estate in 1906 as a christening present. Her family had been making port since 1815 and ran Feuerheerd, a successful port shipper, until the 1930s when they sold it to Hutcheson Port. Claire however, kept hold of Quinta de la Rosa and sold the grapes each vintage to Sandeman. It wasn’t until 1988 that Tim and Sophie resumed the family business and started making their own Port at the Quinta. A few years later they decided to try their hand at making table wines, and became one of the Douro valley’s pioneers of high quality wine production. Since 2002 they have been ably assisted by talented winemaker Jorge Moreira, who has helped further enhance the quality and reputation of their wines.

The estate itself is on the south-east facing banks of the river Douro, in the region of the Cima Corgo. As with most Portuguese wines, the Quinta de la Rosa is made from a blend of a large amount of different grape varieties. These include Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca and Tinta Roriz (the local name for Spain’s Tempranillo grape). The grapes for the La Rosa 2008 are mainly from the Lamelas vineyard within the La Rosa estate, whose vines were planted over 20 years ago. The wine itself is fermented in stainless steel, and then matured in French oak casks (from the Allier region to be specific) for 12 months before being bottled.

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The Quinta de la Rosa is brimming with aromas of black cherries and plums. The palate is intense but balanced by a refreshing acidity. The texture is smooth and velvety with an amazing array of flavours, from black fruit to an almost herbal note. The lingering finish fills your mouth with notes of leather and peppery spice. 

August 2011

Quinta de la Rosa La Rosa Tinto 2008
Country: Portugal
Region: Douro
Vintage: 2008
Alcohol: 14%
Grape Variety:
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francesa, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz
Where To Buy:
Harrods, Bottle Apostle, Noel Young Wines, Wine-Searcher
Tags: Wine of the Week, Portugal, Douro, Touriga Nacional, Quinta de la Rosa, Red Wine