In the Ferreira Cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia, lies what is probably the largest and finest collection of nineteenth and twentieth century wines, the oldest wine dating as far back as 1815.
The famous and very fine 1834 vintage, one of the best of the nineteenth century, was the centre of a tragic yet fascinating episode. In 1897, the Swedish explorer Auguste Andrée, along with two companions, decided to cross the North Pole in a balloon. On 14th July 1897 the balloon fell into the Arctic. Amazingly, it is known that on September 27th the explorers were still alive and held a banquet on a floating piece of ice. The main dish was seal and seagull breast, but the highlight of the banquet was a bottle of Vintage "D. Antónia Ferreira" Porto, 1834, a gift from the king of Sweden.
Ferreira wines have won gold medals at times and places as diverse as the Philadelphia International Exhibition (USA, 1876) and the Universal Exhibition in Paris (France, 1900), or the recent and prestigious International Wine Challenge (UK, 2009) , Vinales Internationales (France, 2008, 2010) or the Decanter World Awards (UK, 2009).
Ferreira 1851 was excellent and very fine, having earned the title of "Great Exhibition Vintage." Michael Broadbent (Master of Wine) tasted it in 1975 and considered it: "the most magnificent old port I have ever drunk". For this specialist, Ferreira Duque de Bragança 20 year Tawny Porto is his preferred everyday Porto wine.
Ferreira was the first Porto brand to emerge from selling wholesale, in barrel to selling exclusively in bottles. Ferreira was the first Porto brand to commit to the Reserve category with its Dona Antónia wine, and is a clear leader in this category. Ferreira's logo is a lesser rhea, a very elegant flightless bird that never takes a backwards step.
The television history series "A Ferreirinha", produced for RTP in 2004, was inspired by the life of Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira and the unique legacy she left Portugal, Douro and Porto Wine.
The Dona Antónia prize (established by her descendants and by the Ferreira company in 1988) annually distinguishes a Portuguese woman who stands out because of her entrepreneurial spirit and for her business organization and management skills for which Dona Antónia was also known. In 1861, Dona Antónia survived the sinking of a traditional rabelo boat in the rapids at "Cachão da Valeira", thanks to her wide dress that kept her afloat until she was rescued.
Dona Antónia was so important for the Douro Region that her funeral was attended by 95 priests and over 30,000 people.
The slogan "Foi você que pediu...?" is one of the most famous in Portuguese advertising history, with spontaneous recall rates only achieved by few other national campaigns.
Porto Ferreira Vintage 2007 is an extraordinary wine of a single outstanding year selected for its unique quality to be matured in bottle, favouring all its unique characteristics and potential. Gift of nature, Porto Ferreira Vintage wines are shaped by human skill and a long winemakingexpertise, established for more than 250 years. Ferreira houses one of the most celebrated Vintage Porto Wine cellar, a reference for the sector, with wines since 1815.
Porto Ferreira Vintage 2007 has an opaque purple colour, with some shades of violet.
The aromas have an excellent intensity and complexity. Balsamic aromas of exotic and cedar woods and a slight touch of tobacco
box with hints of ripe red fruits and spices (pepper and clove) are evident. In the mouth, it has a powerful strike,with firm tannins of a great quality, good acidity and is possible to detect the ripe red fruits and a slight floral taste of basil. The finish is extremely long and vibrant.
WINEMAKER: Luís Sottomayor
VARIETIES: Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional
The grapes, hand-picked with optimal maturation, were vinified following Porto Wine' s traditional method.
Fermentation took place in robotic lagars and stainless steel vats, with skin maceration under controlle temperature. It was halted through the addition of wine alcohol at the ideal point for each vine variety.
These exceptional wines chosen to make up the final blend of this Porto Ferreira Vintage 2007 were taken to the traditional lodges in V.N.Gaia where, after two years, the final blend was bottled with no prior treatment, in a black bottle sealed with a long cork that ensures a good sealing throughout its long storage period.
Porto Ferreira Vintage 2007 was bottled in 2009 with no prior treatment, in a black bottle sealed with a long cork that ensures a good sealing throughout its long storage period. The bottle should be kept horizontally
under constant temperature of 16ºC-18ºC and sheltered from intense light.
Designed to mature over decades, the wine will naturally throw sediment requiring careful opening and decanting prior to serving. Serve between 17ºC-20ºC. Once open, enjoy within 24 hours of opening.
Extremely young, this wine which will develop its potential along the coming decades (+15-20 years). Porto Ferreira Vintage 2007 is a classic Porto Wine, ideal to be served on its own or with nuts. It will also go well with rich cheese such as Serra da Estrela
Alcohol: 21% | Total Acidity: 4,66 g/l (tartaric acid) | Sugar: 107,1 g/l | pH: 3,52