When I tasted Quinta do Portal Late Harvest 2007 in the Douro last December (see here) it blew me away, making the cut for my 50 Great Portuguese Wine selection. Aside from its absolute quality, I chose it because it also illustrates the Douro’s exciting growing repertoire.
Winemaker Paulo Coutinho just sent me this video/series of stills (click here) about the making of the wine which you’ll see incorporated botrytised and vin de paille as well as overripe, late harvest fruit. You’ll also get a sense of the elevation of the vineyards (around 500m) – perfect for white varieties. Here’s my tasting note from last December:
Quinta do Portal Late Harvest 2007 – a lovely fresh, pure nose shows well defined peach, hints of pineapple and honey. The palate is honeyed, with great purity of pineapple and fruit salad, well balanced by fresh citrussy acidity. Toothsome but not oversweet. The Moscatel and Rabigato concentrated on the vine, with some Rabigato succumbing to noble rot. The Viosinho was made vin de paille style. This is an impressive maiden vintage – great balance and purity.