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Traditional Douro grape varieties
Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal
The oldest Port Wine House
Quinta de São Luiz, located in Tabuaço - Adorigo (140km away from Porto/Vila Nova de Gaia), is the
place where a special set of vineyards are nurtured, where the winemaking process occurs, where Kopke
wines are crafted.
São Luiz bears, these days, the end result of several acquisitions of other properties situated in the same area: Quinta da Mesquita (1972), Quinta da Lobata (1974), Quinta da Alegria (1982) and Quinta da Galeira (1987). The property has a total of 125 hectares, 94 of which are carefully tendered vineyards, many very old.
It's a Quinta that embodies centuries of Kopke´s history and passion and is located in Tabuaço on the left bank of the Douro River between Régua and Pinhão, at the heart of the Douro Region.
TASTE HISTORY WITH THE OLDEST PORT WINE HOUSE
If time is marked by special moments, Kopke's history is written in exceptional years. Years
that are worth keeping, so they can be relived and celebrated any time. When we retrieve years
from Kopke's history, we are creating more history: the age on the label of this Kopke Port
wine is the average age of all the wines in the blend.
Hand-picked at the optimum time, the grapes are then destemmed, crushed and converted
into wine through a process of careful maceration to extract their color, tannins and aromas,
enhanced by constant churning during fermentation. This takes place in vats (lagares) at a
controlled temperature (between 28-30°C) until the right degree of sweetness (baumé) is
achieved. At this point, grape brandy is added to create the final fortified wine. A wine of high
quality, made by blending wines of different harvests to achieve the array of sensory qualities
that are typical of these aged tawny Port wines. These wines have each matured in oak casks
for varied periods of time, with the average age of all the wines in the blend defining the age
on the label. The resulting blend expresses the characteristics given by the ageing in wood.
An appealing golden color, with an amber rim. Elegant and complex, it shows aromas of spice, with prevailing notes of dried fruit and elegant hints of wood and honey. Smooth and round on the palate, it shows complexity amidst intense flavors of dried fruit. An excellent finish.
Irresistible with a starter of foie gras with aubergine and walnuts. A great choice for an endless array
of desserts, such as toffee brownies, chocolate and pistachio pavé, or crostini of walnuts with chèvre.
Best served at a temperature between 12 and 14°C.
Total Acidity 4,38 g/dm3
Reducing Sugars 114,00 g/dm3
AWARDS AND HONORS
Decanter World Wine Awards - Gold (2015)
International Wine and Spirits Competition - Gold (2015)
Robert Parker - 89 pts (2016)