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Quinta dos Murças - 2017 - Minas Tinto

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Quinta dos Murças's 2017 Minas red wine is a powerful expression of the Douro Valley, shaped by a hot, dry year and the estate's unique hillside vineyards. The grapes for this Minas were grown on south-facing slopes ranging from 110 to 300 meters above sea level. This optimal sun exposure translates to grapes with exceptional concentration. Interestingly, these slopes also house several water mines, creating a microclimate that balances the increased ripeness with the refreshing character typical of Murças wines. Despite these conditions, the winemaking team at Quinta dos Murças, led by David Baverstock and José Luís Moreira da Silva, crafted a compelling wine. It is a blend of classic Douro grape varietals – Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Francisca, Tinta Roriz, and Tinto Cão. The winemaking process combines traditional techniques like foot treading in granite lagares with modern temperature control. Following fermentation, the wine spends nine months aging in a combination of concrete vats and used French oak barrels, allowing for further complexity to develop.

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Quinta dos Murças

Quinta dos Murças, hidden amidst the breathtaking slopes of Portugal's Douro Valley, boasts a rich history dating back to the 18th century. The vineyard enjoys a privileged location, boasting south-facing schistose slopes that provide ideal sun exposure for grape ripening. The unique terroir, combined with the dedication to meticulous viticulture, has resulted in wines renowned for their elegance, harmony, and complexity.

In 2008, Quinta dos Murças became part of the Esporão portfolio. This marked a new chapter, with a continued commitment to producing exceptional wines while embracing sustainable practices. The Quinta implements a holistic approach to sustainability, incorporating various methods to preserve the environment and promote biodiversity. These efforts haven't gone unnoticed – Quinta dos Murças has been recognized with prestigious awards like the "Sustainability of the year award" at The Drinks Business Green Awards 2013.

In terms of the face behind the winemaking, José Luis Moreira da Silva has been at the helm, steering Quinta dos Murças towards a path of excellence and innovation since joining the estate in 2015. A visionary winemaker, he has brought his expertise and passion for the Douro Valley, which has been instrumental in shaping the Quinta's identity and producing wines that captivate the world.

Moreira da Silva's journey into the world of wine began in his native Portugal, where he developed a deep appreciation for the Douro Valley's unique terroir and the art of winemaking. His formal education in winemaking and viticulture provided a solid foundation, while his hands-on experience at renowned Douro estates like Quinta do Noval and Quinta do Crasto further honed his skills and deepened his understanding of the region.

Under Moreira da Silva's leadership, Quinta dos Murças wines have garnered international acclaim for their elegance, finesse, and exceptional balance. They capture the essence of the Douro Valley's terroir, showcasing the region's unique climatic conditions and the diversity of its grape varieties.