Last year I visited the cork Forests of Portugal for a report on wine-pages. My host on the trip was the cork company Amorim, but I learned that they also owned a wine estate in the Douro, the Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo - thankfully shortened to Quinta Nova for ease of marketing. Here are my notes on the range, which is not currently in the UK.
|Quinta Nova 3 Pomares Rosé 2007
This saignée method Touriga Nacional is quite a bright, crimson pink colour. It has quite a smoky and curranty quality, with earthy strawberry fruit. Very nice, dry palate with plenty of redcurrant fruit. Good, clean acidity. 85/100 Quinta Nova 3 Pomares white 2007
Crisp, quite aromatic white made from Rabigato, Viosinho and Gouveio, with tropical aromas of guava and passionfruit and a touch of smokiness. On the palate there's a fresh minerality, with a slightly flinty character with juicy lemon zest crispness. Drier, and savoury. 87/100 Quinta Nova Grainha Douro white 2007
Made from the same grapes but with oak ageing, this is nicely nutty with a touch of vanilla and fresh pear fruit, and again lovely lychee and passionfruit intensity and that flinty minerality. The palate has a dry, pithy minerality. Nice texture, a certain creaminess and fresh apple and lemon pith acidity. 88/100 Quinta Nova Grainha red 2006
Tinta Amarela, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca is aged in used oak, giving a nicely spicy, quite exotic Sandalwood note and then the rich bramble and berry fruit comes through powerfully. Smooth, fruity, with some velvetty, and a smooth tannic finish with a little spice and good length. Quinta Nova red 2006
This unoaked blend of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca has a very attractive nose, with a ditictive, earthy, leather and spice notes but with plenty of fine red cherry. The fruit on the palate is sweet and rounded, with a chewy density and real substance: with liquorice and plum depth and tannins and a lovely cloce like spice in the finish. Really delicious and a bit of complexity. 88/100