Maria Mansa is produced by Quinta do Noval from carefully selected grapes originated from the highest areas of the Demarcated Region of the Douro, which are more favourable to the production of white wines.
After a dry winter, 2018 was marked by very cold temperatures and high rainfall until mid-summer, and a hot, dry end of summer. Budbreak started late in good conditions.
Following a long, summery period, high temperatures and water stress were optimum for the anthocyanic richness of the skins and ideal ripening of the grapes. Grape soundness was excellent at harvest time.
The harvest for white wines took place from 5 to 20 September in good weather conditions, with high temperatures and no rain. It produced high quality wines with good levels of sugar, acidity and phenolic compounds.
All the wines produced that year are essentially very good, even excellent. The whites are fresh and fragrant.
"Maria Mansa white 2018 presents a crystal-like appearance and a lovely light golden colour. The intense aroma is fruity, pure, fresh and mineral. On the palate, the attack shows a broad wine that reveals balance, freshness and a long aftertaste. It is excellent to accompany grilled fish, white meats or simply on its own."
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
Maria Mansa is a blended wine of noble classic Douro varieties:
50% Viosinho, 40% Gouveio, 10% Rabigato.
90% of the wine is fermented in stainless steel vats and 10% is fermented in seasonned French oak barrels for a period of 21 days. No malolactic fermentation.
90% of the wine is aged in stainless steel vats, to keep its aromatic purity and 10% is aged in seasonned French oak barrels, with a bâtonnage done once a week for 3 months.
Residual sugar: 0.6g/dm3
Total acidity: 6g/dm3