The 2008 winter was drier and colder than normal with only 258mm of rain falling at Pinhão between November and March. Fortunately, a wet...

Quinta de Terra Feita2008

The 2008 winter was drier and colder than normal with only 258mm of rain falling at Pinhão between November and March. Fortunately, a wet April ensured the ground water reserves were sufficiently replenished. 

Flowering occurred under wet and cold conditions and as a result poor set affected all grape varieties, resulting in lower yields, but with great concentration of flavour.

The temperatures for the 2008 growing season were remarkably similar to 2007, with lower than average temperatures and a mild August. The final ripening of the grapes was greatly enhanced with rain falling between the 4th and 7th September and a further downpour just before the vintage started. Picking started at Terra Feita de Baixo on 24th September and Terra Feita de Cima on 28th September.

The perfect weather conditions of hot days and cold nights allowed for a balanced harvest across the quinta. With low sugar levels at the beginning of the harvest, these gradually increased producing wines with great balance, structure and depth of flavour.

 

TASTING NOTES

Inky purple black centre with a narrow violet rim. From the first moment the nose is drawn into a complex and powerful vortex of dense creamy blackberry, raspberry and cassis aromas fused with subtle notes of gumcistus and mint. This is classic Vintage Port with its extraordinary quality of fruit, combining power with refinement and complexity. The thickly textured tannins provide body and structure and the palate is brimming with fine concentrated black fruit flavour which flows over into the long finish.

ACCOLADES

Intensely aromatic: rich, tarry and spicy with a lovely combination of freshness and richness. The palate is concentrated, dense and savoury with a...

Score: 96
Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak

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