Last March, Lua Cheia em Vinhas Velhas presented two new wines - Quinta do Bronze DOC Douro 2015 and Maria Bonita Loureiro Barrica Vinho Verde DOC 2017 - produced with winemaker, Francisco Baptista.
Located on the Vale Mendiz on the left bank of Vale do Pinhão and situated at an altitude of 300 meters, the Quinta do Bronze vineyard is also very rich in history. Among the vineyards, there are ruins of an old farmhouse, dating back from 1823.
The first harvest was 2013, and since then, the producer has been looking for the ideal profile and testing the different plots and varieties planted at Quinta do Bronze. 2015 proved to be an outstanding year with winemaker, Francisco Baptista, at the helm to create the wine “Quinta do Bronze”.
Made from Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinto Cão grape varieties, the wine aged for 24 months in barrels followed by 12 months in bottle.
A ruby-coloured wine and full of intensity, Quinta do Bronze has a bold yet elegant aroma. On the palate, it is structured and balanced, fresh and vibrant. The fruity notes are well-integrated with the quality oak resulting in a long finish.
The wine pairs well with gourmet cuisine and genuine and powerful dishes, or with intense cheeses.
Then we are off to the Vinho Verde region to meet our newest member of the Marias family, genuinely “minhota” (Minhota is a person from Minho): a 100% Loureiro.
Produced from our oldest vineyard, this single-variety was produced using traditional vinification techniques. The wine was fermented in older 300 litre French barriques and aged for 8 months in used barriques to ensure further development in bottle.
The result is a yellow citrus-coloured wine. The aroma is intense and elegant, very fruity with notes of minerality.
On the palate, it is structured and balanced, with good acidity and citrus notes and a long finish. You can accompany this Maria Bonita Loureiro Barrica with Mediterranean cuisine of fish and seafood.