Casa Ferreirinha Barca Velha
Barca Velha 2008 has a deep ruby hue and an intense, complex bouquet with a strong presence of well-ripened red fruit, spices such as pepper and clove, and hints of balsamic cedar, resin and tobacco box. Notes of asparagus and artichokes, sous bois and aromas of high-quality oak mingle in perfect harmony. Its palate is full-bodied, with lively balanced acidity, intense tannins and notes of fresh red fruits, pepper, clove and ginger. It has an extraordinarily long, graceful and harmonious finish.
50% Touriga Franca, 30% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz, 10% Tinto Cão
Barca Velha is produced at the Quinta da Leda winery, which is equipped with state of the art vinification systems. The grapes for this vintage were selected predominately from Quinta da Leda, but also, from the higher zones of the Douro Superior sub-region. After a soft crushing and full de-stemming, the grapes were passed into stainless steel tanks and epoxy lined granite "lagares" where cold maceration pre-fermentation took place prior to alcoholic fermentation. During this period, intense pumping-over and robot-operated "pigeages" were carried out at automatically controlled temperatures. A long post-fermentation maceration process followed, in order to obtain full aromatic and polyphenolic extraction. Soon after the end of maceration, potential wines to be used for Barca Velha were transported to Vila Nova de Gaia. There, after the final fermentations, they underwent "elevage", or maturation, for 16 months in 225-litre new French oak barrels. The final blend was prepared from a continuous selection of the best wines, following numerous tastings and analyses during this period upon the different blends and barrels. In this rigorous organoleptic process, guided by the traditional values of Casa Ferreirinha, lies the true 'secret' of Barca Velha. In order to preserve its supreme quality, Barca Velha is bottled with no prior treatment and therefore naturally develops a deposit.
Barca Velha should be slowly savored, accompanied by meat, game and cheeses with refined, well-integrated flavors.
Barca Velha represents the pinnacle of quality amongst Douro wine. Classic, intense, complex, elegant and rich – these adjectives are inadequate to describe what is, and has been since its creation in 1952, the most celebrated Portuguese wine. Barca Velha is only declared in exceptional years and is the foundation upon which Casa Ferreirinha has built its reputation, a specialist brand with a long tradition of quality in the Douro and one of its main global references. Barca Velha has only been bottled on 18 occasions (up to and including 2008.)
Vintage - 2008