Vista Alegre Vintage
Robust, Elegant and Deep.
CastesTouriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Sousão, Tinta Barroca, Tinto Cão
ViticultureFrom Quinta da Vista Alegre, Cima Corgo, vineyards aged over 80 years, planted on old platforms, predominant exposure to the south
WinemakingThe grapes are hand picked and transported in small boxes. All the grapes are from a single harvest so winemaking is processed according to the traditional method for Port. After partial destemming, the grapes are crushed in stone tanks by foot. Fermentation of the must takes place under controlled temperature and it is stopped by the addition of brandy. This wine, as it is produced, has great ageing potential.
StageAgeing in large wooden casks, can be bottled between the 2nd and 3rd year. If stored under ideal conditions, it has a bottle ageing potential of 30 years.
ConsumptionIt can be consumed right away if you appreciate the potency of the fruit, but it also has enormous potential for ageing in the bottle. It is best served with strong cheeses, such as Portuguese Serra and Azeitão cheeses, Stilton, Roquefort and Danish Blue. It can also be served after the meal, with pastries and chocolates as well as with cigars. Unfiltered wine. Once opened, to be consumed on the same day, like any great wine for ageing. After decanting, the wine will open up and reach its peak, and then gradually lose the freshness and significantly alter the tasting notes. It should be consumed between 14°C and 16°C.
conservationKeep bottle lying down at a constant temperature and protected from strong light. Over the years in the bottle wines create natural deposits so they need to be carefully opened and decanted before serving. The wine must be immediately consumed when the bottle is opened.
AwardsVintage 2019: Gold Medal “Mundus Vini” (2022/ Germany)
Vintage 2018: ROBERT PARKER RATING (2022): 90 POINTS
" The 2018 Vintage Port Vista Alegre is a field blend from old vines (95+ years and mostly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Sousao, all aged for four months in old Portuguese balseiros. It comes in with 103 grams of residual sugar This was sourced from a portion of Quinta da Vista Alegre in Cima Corgo. Less fruity but sharper, better structured and better focused than its Valle Longo sibling this report, this has that extra bite on the finish that I like to see in young Ports In the long run, that might be a good thing, as this shows more nuance as well as better structure. In the short run, drink the simpler Valle Longo first. Save this for a few extra years. That´s not to say this needs a long time in the cellar either. You could put it in a decanter and drink it today. Two days later, which isn´t much for a young Porto, it was drinking just fine. I´d estimate, though, that this will benefit a little more from a few years in the cellar. There were about 7,600 bottl es produced, plus some magnums."
Vintage 2018: “INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION” Bronze Medal (2021 / United Kingdom)
Vintage 2018: “FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL WINE TROPHY” Gold Medal (2021/ Germany)
Vintage 2017: “INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION” Bronze Medal (2020/ United Kingdom)
Vintage 2017: “CONCOURS MONDIAL DE BRUXELLES” Silver Medal (September 2020/ Belgium)
Vintage 2016: “INTERNATIONAL WINE & SPIRIT COMPETITION” Silver Medal (2019/ United Kingdom)
Vintage 2005: “AWC VIENNA 2015” Gold Medal (2015/ Austria)