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Vinha grande is a characterful douro red, classic and intense, a great example of the richness and premium quality of which the region is capable.
the winter of 2011/2012 was very cold, with practically no rainfall, followed by a spring that was drier and hotter than average, except for april, which was particularly rainy. the end of the ripening period was also remarkably hot and dry. this made for very balanced ripening and grapes of excellent quality.
The grapes for vinha grande were gently destemmed and lightly crushed, and then fermented at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks, with a long maceration, and pumping over and robotic plunging. the wine was transported to vila nova de gaia where it continued maturation for between 12 and 18 months in used French oak barrels. the final blend was determined based on selections made in the course of many tastings carried out during this period. the wine was only lightly filtered prior to bottling.