Founded in 1880 by Adriano Ramos Pinto, this Port House has always had a pioneering spirit – from the distinctive and stylish ‘art nouveau’ advertising from the 1900s to the continuing wide ranging vineyard research with results that have benefited the whole port trade. Champagne Louis Roederer, now the majority shareholder, perpetuates this philosophy and ensures continuity in a company renowned for wine-making excellence.
Duas Quintas of the name refers to the two Ramos Pinto Douro vineyards where the grapes for this wine are grown. The hotter Quinta de Ervamoira produces ripe rich flavoured fruit while the high altitude Quinta dos Bons Ares adds freshness and balance.
The grapes are harvested by hand and transported to the winemaking centre in small boxes, separated by variety and vineyard; the must is obtained by direct pressing after cold maceration. The clean must was fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperature (90%) and the rest in French and Austrian oak casks of varying capacities (10%). This wine was bottled March 2019.
After a dry and very early year, the cold weather felt in the winter of 2018 made the vines’ growing cycle return to normal. The hard rainfall in the spring and early summer, as well as the persistence of cool temperatures, both delayed the harvest and created a great challenge for our viticulture team and the Douro region in terms of works on the vines. August and September, the two crucial months for maturation of the grapes, were very dry and hot, and the desired condition for the harvest was reached. 2019 was a particularly interesting year for the viosinho grape variety: it was brilliant, expressive and delicate. The profile of the Duas Quintas White 2018 is mature with good acidity.
Pale with light gold-green reflections. Aromas of lemons, herbs and white flowers finishing with a slight spice. A dry palate with hints of ripe golden fruit and a lemon finish.
Excellent when served as an aperitif or an accompaniment with smoked fish, dry-cured ham, mushroom risottos or roast chicken.
Serve between 12º and 14º C. Store the bottle on its side in a cool, dry and dark place.
Douro Valley, Portugal