These are the first novelties of 2023, the year in which Quinta da Côrte, owned by Philippe Austruy, celebrates its 10th anniversary.
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Quinta da Côrte has just presented four new vintages of wines – Côrte DOC Douro White 2022, Princesa Reserva DOC Douro Red 2021, Quinta da Côrte Grande Reserva, DOC Douro Red 2018 and a Port Wine, Quinta da Côrte LBV 2018 – and a new olive oil crop: Azeite Quinta da Côrte BIO, the first organic olive oil from Quinta da Côrte.
These are the first novelties from the Douro region’s farm to be released in 2023, the year celebrating the 10th anniversary of Philippe Austruy’s property, which will bring many surprises in this special year.
“Throughout this year, during which we will celebrate a decade of Quinta da Côrte’s history, we plan to present several novelties and very special products, with great quality”, says Marta Casanova, general manager of Quinta da Côrte since the beginning of the year. project.
“To inaugurate the launches that will be made in 2023 in the best way, we are now presenting four new harvests in March and even our first organic olive oil, a 2022 harvest that we believe is up to a year of celebrations”, adds the person in charge.
New Quinta da Côrte wines
With buttery and smoked notes, conferred by the wood, the Court DOC Douro White 2022 (20.25€) is very fresh and has white fruit and floral aromas. In the mouth it is very lively and has a good acidity, being soft and persistent.
To be enjoyed with confit cod over mashed potatoes and sautéed turnip greens, for example, this 2022 wine – a very hot and dry year – was produced only with the Viosinho variety and underwent fermentation in 500 liter Austrian oak barrels and was aged in the same barrels until bottling.
Alongside the Côrte DOC Douro Branco 2022, the producer has also just presented the Princesa Reserva DOC Douro Red 2021 (€25.70), vinified in temperature-controlled stainless steel vats, with prolonged maceration, and aging in 500 liter French oak barrels and 3,000 liter Foudres until bottling.
This red, composed of several grape varieties (25% Tinta Barroca, 10% Tinta Roriz, 20% Touriga Nacional, 30% Vinhas Velhas and 15% Touriga Franca), has a deep purple color and very fresh aromas of red fruits, such as blackberry and currant. black, and some spices, in harmony with floral notes. In the mouth, soft tannins and a lot of elegance, which goes perfectly with roast meat and hot flavors such as purees, potatoes, pumpkin.
Another novelty at Quinta do Douro is the Quinta da Côrte Grande Reserva DOC Douro Red 2018 (58.85€), a wine with a dense garnet color, produced with the Touriga Franca (60%) and Touriga Nacional (40%) grape varieties.
With vinification in stainless steel vats, with temperature control, prolonged maceration and aging in 500 liter French oak barrels until bottling, this is a great wine, a great reserve.
On the nose it is very elegant, and presents aromas of black fruits – blackberry and blackcurrant – and chocolate, balsamic notes, being harmonious. In the mouth it is long and very elegant, and ideally harmonizes with warm and comfort dishes, such as lamb roasted in a wood oven with potatoes and vegetables.
port wine Quinta da Côrte LBV 2018 (€29.05) is the fourth novelty presented by the producer of Valença do Douro at the beginning of this year. Ideal for pairing with chocolate desserts, buttery cheeses, almonds or chestnuts, this new vintage was vinified in foot-treaded presses and aged in wooden barrels. The LBV 2018 is composed of a blend of grape varieties from the old vineyard plots of Quinta da Côrte and, with a dark colour, it is a fresh and fruity wine, with aromas of chocolate and subtle notes of licorice and spices.
First organic olive oil
To round off the range of novelties, Quinta da Côrte also presents the Olive Oil Quinta da Côrte BIO (€18.90), from 2022, with a mix of traditional Douro varieties – madural, verdeal, cobrançosa – well-adapted to the Douro soil and climate.
This is the first harvest of organic olive oil at Quinta da Côrte, produced from centenary olive trees, located along the banks of the Torto River. The olives were harvested manually and the cold extraction process maintained the excellent organoleptic characteristics of the olive oil.
To mark its 10th anniversary as a wine producer, Quinta da Côrte is developing several initiatives throughout the year, under the motto of the four elements of nature – water, air, earth and fire – all connected in some way to the world of wines, and to the universe of Quinta da Côrte.
These new, limited-edition vintages are on sale in wine cellars and specialty stores across the country.