The Quinta Nova winery dates back to 1764, boasting beautifully situated vineyards on the northern shore of the Douro River in one of the most prestigious sub-regions, Cima Corgo, close to Pinhao. The current owners, the Amorim family, purchased the estate in 1999, but has been a leader in cork production in Portugal since the 1870s. Luisa Amorim, the youngest member of the fourth generation is at the heart and soul of this winery, bringing unsurpassed passion to the project, producing wines based upon a great tradition and modern techniques. The entire estate covers 120 hectares with 85 planted to vines.
The terroir of Quinta Nova consists of greywachian schist on flat terraces (patamares) rising up on steep, slopes from the river; some parts of the vineyard are steeper than 45 degrees. The vineyards are planted facing south and west, exposing them to hot, dry winds. The vines are planted at varying densities from 3500 plants/ ha up to 6000 for the top wines. The low humidity of the area produces highly concentrated grapes. Summers are hot and winters are cold.
The success of these wines is based on the passion of Luisa, who not only makes wine at her own winery but travels to the world’s greatest vineyards to learn other techniques as well. Her standards of quality are very high both in the vineyard and in the winery. With its incredible terroir and indigenous grape varieties, these are great wines which speak of a unique place.
We tasted and loved this white, made of Viosinho, Gouveio and Rabigato from 20 year old vines.
The grapes are manually sorted at the winery before direct pressing, followed by fermentation in stainless steel vats during 3 weeks at low temperature. The wine is then aged on fine lees for 4 months. Look for vibrant aromas of lemon verbena, dried apricot and white plums, followed by a fresh and lively palate of pear, lychee, nectarine and stone flavors. This was a great match with succulent, ginger & green onion shrimp. Only 850 cases produced.
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Branco Pomares Green Label is unoaked, perky and light, clean and fresh. This typical blend (25% Viosinho, 25% Gouveio and 50% Rabigato) is not quite as impressive as the Orange Label this year, but it still handles itself well and makes it a great warm-weather white. Drink it young and fresh. At the price point, it is an easy winner.