Marquês de Borba Reserva Tinto 2012

Sourced from the schist and limestone soil of DOC Borba, this wine is a blend of Aragonêz, Trincadeira, Alicante Bouschet, and Cabernet Sauvignon. Part of the harvest is foot trodden and fermented in traditional granite lagares, while the remainder is fermented in wooden vats. The wine is aged in new French oak barrels for 12 months before bottling.

Tasting Notes

Deep red in color, this wine emits an enormous concentration of aromas, including jammy red fruits and spices. On the palate it is potent and elegant with well-integrated tannins and a long, distinct finish. This is a wine for ageing.

Food Pairing

This wine pairs well with hunting dishes (partridge, game), red meats, foie-gras, and strong cheese. 

Production Info
Vineyard name
Monte da Caldeira, Quinta de São Lázaro, Quinta da Viçosa, Serrado Pinheiro and Herdade das Romeiras
Vineyard size
1,250 acres
Soil composition
Silt and limestone clay
Training method
Guyot Double-Guyot
Elevation
990-1,320 feet
Vines/acre
1,200-1,600
Yield/acre
2.4-2.8 tons
Exposure
Northern / Southern / Southwestern / Northwestern
Year vineyard planted
1989; 1998-2003
Harvest time
August-September
First vintage of this wine
1997
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
30% Trincadeira, 30% Aragónez, 25% Alicante Bouschet, 15% Cabernet Sauvignon
Fermentation container
Lagares and Barrels
Age of Aging Container
New
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12 days
Fermentation temperature
77 °F
Maceration technique
Foot-trodden
Malolactic fermentation
Yes
Type of aging container
Barrels
Length of bottle aging
6 months
Size of aging container
300 L
Type of oak
French
Length of aging before bottling
12 months

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