Producer Notes 2014
DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN: DOC Douro
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Portugal
SUSTAINABLE VITICULTURE: Yes
WINEMAKER: Luís Sottomayor
VARIETIES: 70% Touriga Franca, 20% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz
Callabriga is a Douro red in the modern style, intense and elegant, versatile and vibrant. It is one of the most innovative wines made by Casa Ferreirinha. Casa Ferreirinha has been making top-quality unfortified wine in the Douro longer than anyone else, and is one of the most respected Douro names throughout the world.
A deep ruby colour, almost opaque. An intense, really complex aroma, with notes of black and red fruits,
pepper, resin and pine needles, with attractive, well-integrated oak. It has good body and acidity, high
quality tannins, black fruit flavours, a hint of cocoa and a long, elegant finish.
2014 was atypical in terms of weather. It was a particularly rainy year, with a very unsettled, cool summer.
January was exceptionally warm, and August cooler than usual (1931-60). The phenolic compounds in the grapes ripened about a fortnight ahead of normal, and picking started at the beginning of September. It began to rain mid-month and was considered an extremely wet vintage.
It was made at Quinta da Leda, from grapes picked in different sections of the estate vineyards as well as neighbouring vineyards. The chosen grapes were well balanced thanks to the favourable growing season. After destemming and gentle crushing, they were transferred to stainless steel tanks and/or lagars (shallow, open troughs), where they underwent a long maceration to allow gentle extraction into the wine of the high-quality constituents present in the skins of the ripe grapes.
Once the fermentation was over, the wine was matured in used oak barrels of French and American origin (75% and 25% respectively) for between 12 and 18 months. The final blend was made based on selections decided upon during innumerable tastings and analyses carried out during this period with the aim of preserving the highest quality. The wine underwent only a light filtration before bottling.
Those who like their Douro wine young will enjoy this already, but it will improve with 3 to 5 years in bottle, reaching its peak at about 8 years old and drinking well for around 10 to 15 years. The bottle should be stored on its side in a cool, dry, dark place.
Until its second year it needs no special care, but from then on it is best to stand the bottle upright the previous night and decant it before serving. Serve at between 16ºC-18ºC.
Callabriga is a rich, intense, elegant wine that is ideal for red meat, big game and strong cheeses.