The Conceito Tinto 2015 is a cuvée from old vines that are on average 90 years old. The yields are very low but the quality is optimal. They grow on slate at an altitude of about 450m above sea level. The wine, after fermentations – alcoholic and malo-lactic – is aged in French oak barrels (50% new and 50% used) for 22 months from a wine.
A big and elegant wine and a real competitor for many Grands Crus Classés from Bordeaux, especially from Saint-Émilion and Pomerol.
The nose opens with notes of blackberries, cherries and cassis, fine notes of violets and the scent of Provence in summer. In addition, notes of cocoa, tobacco and vanilla mix.
In the mouth, the wine has a lot of tension, the tannins are present, velvety and well integrated.
A complex wine of great freshness with a long and mineral finish that will continue to evolve and improve over the next 10 years.
If you want to drink it now, give it plenty of air and plenty of time to develop.
Ratings: eParker: 95/100
Grape varieties: more than 20 different traditional Douro grapes, including Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Rufete, Sousão.
Alcohol: 14% vol.
Acid: 5.2 g/l
Residual sweetness: 0.6 g/l
Vinification: Manual harvest, careful selection, partial destemming, soft pressing. Temperature controlled fermentation in stainless steel tanks, gentle pumping-overs followed by a final one-week rest. Malolactic fermentation takes place in tanks.
Aging of 22 months (50% in new French barriques, 50% in used French barriques of 1 year).
- Contains sulphites
Rita Marques Ferreira is one of the currently most highly traded winemakers of the new generation from the Douro Valley. Their wines regularly receive very high ratings from international wine critics.
Rita's family has been growing wine in the upper Douro for several generations. Their vineyards cover a total of around 85 hectares at an average altitude of 500m above sea level.
The vineyards are cared for without the use of chemicals and in a very natural way. Everything is still done manually. Rita, who incidentally learned her trade in Bordeaux and then worked as a "Flying Winemaker" in New Zealand and South Africa, sells parts of her harvest to other wineries. She only keeps the best for her own wines and uses them to produce fine and elegant wines with lots of freshness and minerality. Everything is well thought out because Rita has a concept. Hence the name: Conceito.
Manufacturer: CONCEITO VINHOS, LDA. – Lg. Madalena, 10 – 5155-022 Cedovim – VN Foz Côa, Douro, Portugal