Ramos Pinto were the original pioneers of quality winemaking in the Douro, a legacy that lives on today and has been adopted throughout the region.
Duas Quintas gets its name from the two estates the fruit is grown for the wines – Quinta de Ervamoira and Quinta do Bons Ares. Ervamoira lies in a rocky area on the banks of the river Côa, where the weather is hot and dry. This adds density and body to the wines. It was the first Quinta in the Douro where, in contrast to tradition, individual vineyard blocks were planted with a single variety, selected for the grape’s most appropriate soil and climate. Bons Ares is a granite vineyard of higher elevation with cool growing conditions, adding freshness and vivacity.
Duas Quintas wines really showcase the best that the Douro has to offer, full-bodied, full of fresh fruit (mixed berries, plums) with excellent tannins that provide structure and a long finish.
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. Grapes are harvest by hand, by individual plot before being taken to the winery.
Grapes are crushed, de-stemmed, and sent to different fermentation vats depending on the variety and plot – granite lagares, large oak vats, concrete and stainless steel vats. The grapes are macerated for as long as needed to get the right body and structure and will differ depending on the variety. After malolatic fermentation, 20% is aged in French oak barrels, 30% in big oak vats and the rest in stainless steel for 12 months. The wine was bottled in May 2020.
After a dry and very early year, the cold weather felt in the winter 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.
Dark red with bright cherry hues. Incredibly aromatic nose, with red berries, fresh spices and touches of oak which follow though to the palate. Full bodied with a lovely line of freshness, everything is in balance with the 2018 Duas Quintas Red.
The freshness lends itself to a variety of dishes, grilled cod, vegetarian meals, as well as roast beef on a Sunday afternoon followed by cheese.
Serve between 16º and 18º C. Store the bottle upright, in a cool, dry and dark place.
Douro Valley, Portugal
48% Touriga Nacional
27% Touriga Franca
25% Traditional Douro grape varieties: Tinta Roriz, Tinta da Barca, Tinta Barroca, Sousão, Tinto Cão, Tinta Amarela