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Casa Ferreirinha : Reserva Especial 2009

Casa Ferreirinha : Reserva Especial 2009

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Casa Ferreirinha : Reserva Especial 2009

The complexity and elegance of an intense Douro red wine

The estate

Owned by the Sogrape Group, one of the most important Portuguese wine producers, Casa Ferreirinha is synonymous with one word: outstanding. Founded in the 18th century by Bernardo Ferreira, the house is renowned for its in-depth knowledge of the Douro vineyards and for the quality of its wines. Casa Ferreirinha was the first winery in Portugal to produce non-fortified Douro red wines.

The wine

Produced in DOC Douro, Reserva Especial by Casa Ferreirinha is a red wine from the Douro region in northern Portugal. Complex, rich and with a classical style, this Portuguese wine was born over 50 years ago. Even today, Reserva Especial is one of Casa Ferreirinha's signature wines and has built up the estate's reputation. This wine is only made during the finest years.

The vintage

2009 will be remembered as a very hot and dry year. Due to an extremely hot summer, the harvest took place earlier than usual in order to preserve the balance, harmony and aromatic intensity of the fruit along with high quality tannins.

Vinification and ageing

Reserva Especial 2009 by Casa Ferreirinha was vinified at Quinta da Leda by Luis Sottomayor. The grapes for this wine come from Quinta da Leda and nearby high-altitude vineyards. The grapes were vinified in two different ways: either separately, preserving the identity of the grape varieties, or together with a selection made in the vineyard. After a complete de-stemming and gentle pressing, the musts are transferred to stainless steel tanks for a long alcoholic fermentation and maceration.

Reserva Especial 2009 Casa Ferreirinha was aged for 18 months in new French oak barrels at Vila Nova de Gaia. Throughout the ageing process, the wines are constantly monitored and analysed. Before bottling, a light fining is carried out. A natural deposit may form due to the absence of a cold stabilisation treatment.

The blend

Touriga Franca (45%)

Touriga Nacional (30%)

Tinta Roriz (15%)

Tinto Cão (10%).

Casa Ferreirinha’s Reserva Especial 2009: Characteristics and tasting tips

The tasting

Colour

The colour is a deep ruby red.

Nose

Intense and complex, the bouquet reveals notes of red and black fruits, fresh notes of cedar wood and tobacco, along with floral notes and a nice mineral touch. Spicy notes of black pepper and clove emerge while highlighting the delicate woody notes that are perfectly integrated.

Palate

Explosive, the palate seduces with its bold structure highlighting the excellent tannins while being perfectly balanced. Delicious notes of red and black fruits, black pepper and cocoa accompany the development of the palate, testifying to the beautiful maturity of the wine, while a beautiful acidity sustains the whole. The finish is persistent and elegant, with a long, lingering finish.

Food and wine pairing

With its elegance and complexity, this exquisite Douro red wine will accompany red meat dishes, game or cheese.

Service

To fully appreciate the complexity of this wine, it is advisable to place the bottle in an upright position at least one night before tasting and to serve it at a temperature of between 16 and 18°C.

Storage

This fie Portugal red wine should be stored horizontally, in a cool, dry place, away from light. Relish this wine now, Casa Ferreirinha's ageworthy Reserva Especial Douro 2009 can be stored until 2030 to 2035.

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