Dona Matilde Boavida Old Vine Field Blend
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The estate or “Quinta” has been in the same family for four generations.
- Dona Matilde has traditional old vineyards of the Douro, aged 60 to 80 years old.
- Certified sustainable via Integrated Crop Management.
- The brand name “The good life” was based on a visit of an English group who wrote about their adventure in the old guest book. They’ve said that when they arrived they were skinny and, one week later, they left the Douro very pleased, because of the good food and the great moments enjoying life.
Varietal Composition: 10% Touriga Nacional, 30% Touriga Franca, 30% Tinta Roriz, 15%Tinta Francisca and 15% Tinto Cão
Elaboration: This wine is a field blend, hand harvested and fermented together, making it an especially interesting and unusual red blend. The grapes are harvested by hand. Open maceration. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel with daily pump overs.
Tasting Notes: Flavor of dark fruits, a touch of red current and floral notes. A wine with a fine, fruity spicy palate. Balanced structure with soft tannins.
2018 – 92 Decanter
2019 – 91 James Suckling | 92 Decanter
In the book “Portugal Antigo e Moderno,” Augusto Leal wrote, “The wine of this quinta is very fine, despite its cultivation seeming to be very expensive owing to the steepness of the terrain and its composition of schist rock.” (Quinta refers to a wine-growing estate.)
Located on the north bank of the Douro River, near Bagaúste dam, the estate covers 28 hectares of high-quality vineyards, all classified with the highest ranking by the Douro region register. Dona Matilde has traditional old vineyards of the Douro, aged 70 to 90, and more recent plantings of about 20 years.
Today, Managing Director, Manuel Angelo Barros, along with winemaker, Joao Pissarra, viticulturist, José Carlos Oliveira, and many others (including a dog named Matilde who loves to ride the tractor) produce high-quality non-fortified table wines (DOC Douro wines) and Port.