2015 Casa Ferreirinha “Quinta da Leda”, Douro, Portugal

2015 Casa Ferreirinha “Quinta da Leda”, Douro, Portugal



Casa Ferreirinha has carried the torch for creative, quality winemaking in the Douro becoming one of the region’s most historic and iconic house. Casa Ferreirinha wines range today from easy-drinking Esteva and Planalto through the richer Papa Figos and Vinha Grande to the exceptional Quinta da Leda, Reserva Especial, and Barca Velha which remains one of Portugal’s most long-lived, elegant and complex wines.

Vinified at the Quinta da Leda winery from grapes on the estate bursting with maturation, with a view to obtaining higher aromatic and polyphenolic concentration. After total de-stemming and soft-crushing, the grapes are transferred to stainless steel tanks or lagares, where maceration and alcoholic fermentation take place. Maceration is adapted accorded to each grape variety; temperature controls and “pumping-over” techniques tailored to their individual characteristics. After final fermentation, the wine is aged in French oak barrels (50% new and 50% used) for a period of roughly 18 months. The final blend is made after careful selection following numerous organoleptic tests and analysis undertaken during this period. In order to preserve the highest possible quality, the wine is only subject to light filtration prior to bottling. As it did not undergo cold stabilization, a natural sediment may form in the bottle over time. Blend on the 2015 vintage: 50% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinto Cão and 15% Tinta Roriz.

“This vineyard in the Douro Superior is used as part of the blend for the legendary Barca Velha. In other years, it shows its qualities as a single-vineyard wine. This wine is very fine, rich with black fruits and strongly tannic, it is packed with fruitiness, layers of wood aging and crisp black-currant acidity at the end. Drink the wine from 2023. – 96 points, Wine Enthusiast (April 2019)

“The 2015 Quinta da Leda is a blend of 50% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional and 15% each of Tinto Cão and Tinta Roriz, aged for 18 months in an equal mixture of new and used French oak. It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Like so many wines in this vintage, this has bold flavors, freshness and a long finish. The structure is beautiful. It is remarkably elegant overall, but don’t forget that power on the finish. This is stunning at times, although unevolved. It looks like a gorgeous Leda, a fine food wine and something that can develop as well. It may not have the “hit you over the head” muscle of the 2009, but it has more finesse. Let’s be just a little cautious and let it prove its case in the cellar….” – 94 points, Wine Advocate (Mark Squires) – August 2018

“An inky, concentrated red that offers a well-balanced profile of black currant and boysenberry fruit, detailed with slate, dried herb and black pepper elements. This red is powerful but restrained, showing black olive and bitter chocolate notes on the finish. Drink now through 2029. 5,167 cases made, 253 cases imported.  94 points, Wine Spectator (GS) – May 2019