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The Story

Coche is without question our most exclusive white wine, but it is also a wine which aims to reach beyond the expression of its vineyards, region and provenance. The old vines and high altitude are the fundamental factors responsible for the success of this wine. Year after year the great challenge lies in achieving a balance between its body and acidity in order to create a fresh wine with a tremendous ageing potential.

Coche shows an intense and profound minerality. Its aromatic profile is deeply complex, with beautiful toasty notes from the barrels as well as subtle hints of herbs which complement the soft floral and citrusy aromas of the wine perfectly.

Region: Douro

Soil: Mica Schist

Vineyards: Several vineyards

Average Vine Age: Over 80 years

Blend: Rabigato, Códega do Larinho, Arinto and others

Vines/ha: 6500

Pruning Method: Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level: 600-750

Ageing: 12 month in French oak barrels (228 L) and 5 month in stainless steel vats

Alcohol: 12.5%

Food Suggestions: Oven backed fish, dishes with white meat. Vegetarian suggestions: pasta or noodle dishes with cheese.


Vintage 2018

After an extended drought, rain finally came to the Douro in spring 2018 in such quantities that there was some damaging erosion. Following that, summer was hot, and yields were consequently low, but the classic varieties thrived in the heat, producing deep, intense, fragrant wines.

The 2018 Single Quinta Vintage Ports are the result of a rollercoaster growing season – with a prolonged winter drought, a deluge in spring, and heatwaves through the final ripening period. Despite the challenges, the 2018 wines are characterised by a well-defined acidity and marked freshness, reflecting the characteristics of specific parcels of vineyard within each estate. The star of the year was the late-maturing Touriga Franca, which excelled in the warm harvest, allowing each estate’s signature aromas to flourish.


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The 2018 Coche reflects the 2018 viticultural year very well: freshness, lightness, elegance and length. It offers a well-balanced aromatic profile, with perfectly integrated oaky notes and a granitic minerality mingling with citrusy and herbaceous notes. The palate offers depth, freshness and a robust structure which never tips over into heaviness. A beautifully linear wine with a complex and slightly saline finish. Decanting recommended.

The 2018 vintage was a cool year up until August, with the coolest July recorded in the 21st century. Compared to 2017, the maturation process showed a delay of 3 weeks. The first days of August brought a sudden increase in temperatures: 4 August was the hottest day of the 21st century to date, causing the ripening process to progress slowly during the month of September. Due to water stress, the vines gave us musts with low alcohols and good phenolic ripeness as well as sufficient complexity and minerality. The white varieties were picked between 5 September and 2 October. After careful sorting in the vineyards, the grapes were transported to the cellar in 25kg boxes in a temperature-controlled truck. During the night, the grapes were pressed gently and the must was left to settle for approximately 48 hours. Alcoholic fermentation took place in French oak barrels of 228L and 550L, of which 50% were new oak.

Over the 12 months that the wine spent maturing in barrels, the Coche also went through partial malolactic fermentation.

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