Plum, black fruit and mocha aromas with a hint of spice and dark chocolate. Ripe and full-flavoured on the palate with soft tannins and more plum and blackberry notes.
Leira Seca is a white wine blend made from Alvarinho and Trajadura grape varieties and these come from 10 hectares of vineyards planted in 15 parcels on the slope of Paderne near Melgaco, in the Alto Minho, the top Alvarinho growing region in Portugal. The vines are mostly over 20 years old, and are managed with a low input and on an environmentally friendly basis (minimal usage of insecticides, pesticides etc). The wine has a bright, clear citrus straw colour with greenish glints. The nose shows is fruity with aromas of lemon and lime citrus fruits. The palate is robust, yet elegant, with traces of tropical fruits, crisp freshness and a good, clean, lengthy finish.
Awards: Decanter 2016 Platinum Best in Category: White Northern Portugal over £15 - 95 points
Aromas of ripe berry and plum. The palate is medium-bodied with fresh raspberry and black fruits, supple tannins, and well-balanced acidity.
Fresh and fragrant bouquet of dried fruits and spice with luxurious warm orangey aromas. Medium dry and full- bodied. Concentrated and fresh with a balanced acidity. Long lingering aftertaste of exotic fruits with spicy overtones.
3 x 20cl bottles including 1 white port, 1 Tawny and 1 reserve port
2014 at Quinta de Nápoles was characterised as a year of lower quantity but higher quality. The grapes, from vines located at altitude on the right bank of the Douro, were transported at night in a refrigerated truck. After careful selection on arrival at the winery, they were gently pressed at a low temperature to avoid oxidation and extraction of gross lees. After natural decantation for around 24 hours, 10% of the must was fermented in French oak barrels and the remainder in stainless steel vats for eight months, with its indigenous yeasts. The wine was bottled in May 2015.
The 2014 vintage shows the fresh and balanced character,f resh and delicate aroma, decidedly mineral. Good notes of fresh fruit, citrus and some exotic fruit. On the palate, it is appellative and very elegant , with good acidity, fresh and refreshing. The finish leaves good citric and mineral notes. A very balanced white, with presence but not too strong. Perfect for a wide range of occasions.
2015 was a superb year in the vineyard with good levels of rainfall in the winter and a relatively dry growing season, fruit was in optimum condition and picked well before the rain in order to maintain the high levels of acidity, balance and freshness in the wines.
The grapes were picked at optimum ripeness, with high acidity contents and balanced sugar levels. After selection, the fruit was 100% destemmed and the fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with 8 to 15 days of skin maceration. 15% of the wine was aged in used French oak barrels for 12 months.
Medium brick red colour, with a wonderful fresh, active aroma, and a clean precise aroma of dark cherries with some floral undertones and a spicy, balsamic rustic profile. On the palate, it is more robust than the previous year, with a markedly rustic profile. Once again a superb drinkability owing to its balance and elegance, this wine very much exhibits the uncomplicated style that we set out to achieve.
Full structure and body, with intense red berry and spice aromas following through to the palate - layers of flavour include chocolate, tobacco and blackberries.This 2003 vintage is still relatively young for a vintage port; it can already be enjoyed, for example with blue cheese, but will happily mature in the bottle for at least another five years.
Grape: 70% Syrah, 30% Touriga Franca.
Lots of red and black fruits with a hint of violets and wild herbs. Good concentration yet fresh with mineral hints. Finishes with subtle overtones of light toasty, cedary oak.