Winemakers: "Wine from parcels of old, low yielding vines with up to 30 different grape varieties are kept back for ageing in French and American oak barrels for up to 18 months. A high proportion of the grapes used in the blend are foot trodden in lagares. The wine may be drunk soon after its release but has the depth and concentration to develop in bottle over the long term. It is a complex, powerful wine with great intensity and a richly textured palate. It is always bottled without any fining or filtration."
Top 100 Wine Spectator 2008: Rank 3, score 95
Colour: Deep brick red colour.
Aroma: Very complex aromas, which are intense and lifted. Aromas of cigar box, tobacco leaf and tarry spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and vanillin), black plums and wild berry fresh fruits.
Palate: Elegant but very compact bodied style. Rich fruits (black cherries, plums and wild Douro berries) and subtle chocolate and vanillin flavours. Fine grained tannins. The wine shows great length and structure..