Elegant, fresh and well-balanced, with soft approachable tannins, our Maria Mansa red wine offers delicious notes of red fruits on the palate, typical of the wines from this region, in good harmony with the notes of wood. This balance gives us a high quality wine from the Douro, which is softer and more immediately accessible than the rest of the Noval range, ready for immediate consumption.
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 took place from 5 September to 13 October 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.
Maria Mansa 2018 presents a deep ruby colour. The nose is intense and fruity followed by a slight woody note.
It then displays a well-balanced palate with a medium-bodied structure. Its silky educated tannins give a long and tasty finish.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
Maria Mansa is a blended wine of noble Douro grape varieties:
40% Touriga Francesa, 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz.
All the grapes are handpicked and destemmed.
The wine is vinified at Quinta do Noval in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature between 25 and 27°C. The malolactic fermentation is also made in stainless steel vats.
The wine is aged for 11 months in French oak barrels of 2 or 3 vintages.
Residual sugar: 0,6g/dm³
Total Acidity: 5g/dm³