Vinho da Semana: Kopke São Luiz Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva 2018

Wine of the Week: Kopke São Luiz Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva 2018

Paulo Castro

In the immensity of the Douro, between walls that embrace stories and wisdom of generations, resides Quinta de São Luiz, home of the Vinhas Velhas that give life to the splendid Kopke São Luiz Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva 2018. The essence of this wine represents respect for the terroir and the tradition rooted in the vines, standing out as a true tribute to the Wine of the Week at Vinogrande.


Vineyards and Terroir

The vineyards of this oenological treasure rest on the slopes of Quinta de São Luiz, embracing the unique character of the schist soil of the Cima Corgo sub-region, at an elevation that varies between 200 and 350 meters. It is in this terroir that Vinhas Velhas, over 50 years old, thrive, especially with the predominant varieties Touriga Nacional and Sousão.


Test results

The vibrant ruby ​​intensity of this wine opens up an olfactory panorama full of red and black fruits, a symphony that expands on the nose. Its complexity is adorned by satiny and firm tannins, revealing layers of freshness and a velvety and enveloping structure, which unfolds in each sip.


Winemaking and Winemaker

The talent and mastery of winemaker Ricardo Macedo shine in the production of this oenological treasure. The entire winemaking process is a tribute to the authenticity of the terroir, from the manual harvesting of selected grapes in the vineyard itself to alcoholic fermentation and prolonged skin maceration. Aged in French oak barrels for 16 months, this wine reveals the essence of the Old Vines of Quinta de São Luiz.


Reviews and Awards

The excellence of this Grande Reserva was recognized by Wine Enthusiast, earning it 94 points, and by Grandes Escolhas magazine with 18 points. A testament to the splendor and quality of this wine.


Conclusion

In just 2200 numbered bottles, this Kopke São Luiz Vinhas Velhas Grande Reserva 2018 is more than a wine; is a vivid narrative of the Douro, an ode to traditions, oenological mastery and the uniqueness of Vinhas Velhas. A unique opportunity for lovers of excellent wines.

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