Quinta do Tedo is classed as a Single Quinta, or estate, meaning that its production comes entirely from its own vineyards. These vineyards are further classed “A,” equivalent to grand cru, in a ranking system devised by the authorities going from A to F. Less than 3% of all domains in the Douro are classed as either A or B. In addition to fruit and olive orchards, there are 14 hectares (35 acres) of vines growing on the quinta’s terraces. The quinta is located within an ecological preserve, and its vineyards are farmed organically with the aid of a horse and workers, and harvested by hand.
Quinta do Tedo has the distinct advantage of being a small domain with all of its vineyards around the winery, thus the distance the grapes must travel after picking is minimal. Harvest is by hand in the mornings, and the grapes are de-stemmed entirely, then crushed traditionally—and systemically in stages—by feet in lagares. A lagare is an open fermentation tank, in this case two and a half feet deep, made of granite.
“The 2013 Late Bottled Vintage Port is an unfiltered and equal blend of Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, with a field blend of old vines filling out the last 30% of the juice. It was aged for 36 months in 5,000 liter vats, then bottled with 116 grams of sugar and a long cork. Fresh, tight and sweet around the edges, this is an LBV with some stuffing and some power. Right now, it shows plenty of power, in fact, but it should be very approachable when it is released. It will age well too. There were 12,000 bottles produced. 2018 – 2035.” – 91 points, Wine Advocate (July 2018) Mark Squires