CARM RESERVA RED
A top-quality, affordable and internationally recognized wine.
GRAPES (50% Touriga Nacional, 25% Touriga Franca, 20% Tinta Roriz and 5% Tinta Francisca)
Wines are made from grapes of the varietals Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional, all produced in our vineyards. The three varietals bring together the firm tannins of Tinta Roriz, the rock rose notes and soft tannins of Touriga Franca and the aromas of black fruits and berries and very marked fresh floral notes of Touriga Nacional.
In 2017, there was a lack of rain and an intense heat (warmest year in the last 86)
felt throughout the year, especially at the time of grape maturation. This challenged us to adopt a very demanding method of viticulture management to avoid
“water stress”. Among the various viticulture techniques adapted to the weather conditions in the Douro Superior, the most relevant are the protection of the grape bunches by vegetation and a severe control of phenolic maturation to maximize the
The wine is vinified in the cellar of our Quinta das Marvalhas in Almendra, in the
heart of Douro Superior. Our winery is equipped with the latest technology and enables complete control of temperature, essential for our region of extreme climates. After grapes arrive at the winery, we eliminate clusters which are not
in perfect condition. After total de-stemming, the grapes are crushed softly and
pass through a thermal shock, followed by a period of cold pre-fermentative maceration of about 12 to 24 hours. The must is transferred to broad and low fermentation stainless steel vats, where the maceration occurs for 8 days at 22ºC.
The wine’s nose is very fresh and intense with notes of wild black fruits and
black cherries balanced with seductive hints of licorice. Subtle notes of wood make the aro-ma more complex. In the mouth, the wine is fabulously concentrated, hot, showing firm tannins and a smooth texture as well as a very persistent finish that strongly displays the intensity of the wines of the Douro Superior. This wine pairs with meats, cheeses and, in general, Mediterranean cuisine.