Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha Red
Designation of origin
Country of origin: Portugal
Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor
Varieties: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Cão
Barca Velha is the epitome, the pinnacle, the unquestionable symbol of the highest quality of Douro wines. Classic, intense, complex, elegantand rich it has also been, since its creation in 1952, the most celebrated Portuguese wine. Barca Velha is the basis upon which Casa Ferreirinha´s reputation has grown, the latter being the quality brand in the Douro and one of its main world-wide standard-bearers. Barca Velha is declared only in truly exceptional years (16 in all).
Barca Velha 2000 has an intense ruby hue and an exuberant and complex bouquet, with a strong presence of well-ripe red fruits such as plum and raspberry, and fine spice aromas, namely clove and cinnamon. Balmy aromas can also be detected, as well as tobacco and mint ones, all harmoniously combined with excellent-quality wood. In the mouth it shows remarkable structure and balance, fine acidity and firm tannins of superb quality. Tertiary aromas from ageing in the bottle can already be detected.
Barca Velha is vinified at the Quinta da Leda wine centre, where the selected grapes are vinified by variety or in lots, hand-chosen at the vineyard and/or on arrival at the wine centre. The grapes, after full stem-removal and soft crushing are moved into stainless steel vats and/or robot-operated presses, for maceration and alcoholic fermentation, with intense pumping-over, under automatically controlled temperature. A long maceration was performed to allow the quality components of the ripe grape skins to pass into the wine. Finally, and at the moment required by each variety/blend, the wine was stored and the masses pressed, with the wine resulting from pressings kept apart from the remaining yield.
Wines that potentially make up Barca Velha are taken to V.N. Gaia immediately after maceration and undergo maturation for about a year and a year-and-a-half (depending on the blend and the barrel) in 225 litre, in new French oak-wood hogsheads. Barca Velha is made from a continuous selection of the best wines, the result of the numerous tastings and analyses of the different blends and barrels. To preserve its topmost quality the wine is bottled with no prior treatment. Natural deposit may develop.
Although it is ready for drinking as soon as released to the market, Barca Velha 2000 has a long potential shelf-life and a positive evolution in the bottle. Its apogee? Perhaps 15-20 years after the vintage, but it should be "live" for an as yet undetermined period of time. The bottle should be kept horizontally in a dry and cool place, sheltered from light.
Ideally the bottle should be placed upright overnight and opened 2 to 3 hours before serving. After so many years in the bottle the wine should be carefully decanted in order to separate its natural deposit. Serve between 17ºC-20ºC.
Enjoy at leisure, with meat dishes, game and even some cheeses with refined flavour.
Total Acidity: 5,63 g/l (tartaric acid)
Sugar: 2,7 g/l