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.
Characteristics of the vintage
2019 was marked by a mild winter and generally dry conditions, with almost no rain from May to the end of August. While in many parts of Europe producers faced heatwaves, and although we enjoyed prolonged sunny weather, summer temperatures in the Douro were fortunately lower than usual this year, making the absence of rain easier to bear for the vines. Moreover, low humidity led to low disease pressure in the vineyards and beautiful healthy grapes.
Harvest started on September 9th for the red varieties. Harvesting conditions were ideal, with moderate temperatures and overall dry weather. A small amount of helpful rain fell on September 21st/22nd and later between October 14th and 17th.
Yields were slightly higher than our 10-year average and musts showed great natural acidity and freshness.
We finished harvesting on October 18th after 6 weeks of picking. This was a long harvest, but this is not unusual in the Douro, where the diversity of grape varieties, aspects and altitudes results in different picking times for each specific plot. This diversity represents a challenge for the technical team but also an incredible richness, adding complexity and character to our wines.
Maria Mansa 2019 presents an intense ruby colour. It reveals young, lively aromas, with a mixture of red and wild fruits, all beautifully integrated with some oaky notes, which gives it more complexity. On the palate the wine presents a wonderfully balanced structure and body with well-integrated round tannins. Its very noticeable freshness drives it to a long and seductive aftertaste.
Carlos Agrellos, Technical Director
Maria Mansa is a blended wine of noble Douro grape varieties:
40% Touriga Francesa, 25% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz, 15% Sousão.
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 12 months in French oak barrels of 2 or 3 vintages.
Residual sugar: 0,6g/dm³
Total Acidity: 6g/dm³