Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo is a place of extreme beauty in the heart of Douro valley and owned by Amorim family since 1999.
The family connection to the wine comes from afar, through its connection with the export houses of Vila Nova de Gaia in the cork business. Meanwhile, the dream came true and the project is now in the hands of the 4th generation of the family.
With a story longer than 250 years, the property displays conserved structures and the cellar original building from 1764, after interventions by the architect Arnaldo Barbosa. But the Quinta is much earlier than this and history confirms it as a great land belonging to the Portuguese Royal House, having been identified as its first owner in 1725.
The winery produced more than 3,500 barrels of wine from neighboring estates and it was soon 'integrated into the first demarcation of the region'. The historic sites that are still preserved give notice to this historic weight.
An entrepreneur spirit and family vision did however the difference because, combined with a passionate commitment to the future, determined the beginning of multiple changes to a path of oenological excellence.
The first wine and the first Vintage from Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo was produced in 1992.
Great Vintages are defined in terms of concentration, structure, and robustness. They are the manifestation of Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo’s magnificent terroir, of careful winemaking and refined aging. Always wines with an element of tension, they manage to reveal a wonderful balance between muscle and gravity, with a long and extraordinarily precise finish.
2018: 94 pts. Wine Enthusiast 2000:
90 pts. Wine Enthusiast 1997: 90 pts. Wine Enthusiast
Varieties: More than 30 varieties of the region.
Vineyards: QN; sub-region Cima Corgo; old vines
Vinification/Aging: Manual grapes selection at the entrance to the cellar and fermentation in traditional granite tanks for two days, with temperature control. Intense pumping over and maceration for a further two days and fortifications by 20% with grape spirit (77% vol.). Storage in oak barrels and stainless-steel tanks for 2 years.
91 Points Wine Enthusiast
"Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora do Carmo 2014 Late Bottled Vintage Port. Showing just the right amount of aging, but with the potential for more, this Port brings dried fruits and fresher damson flavors into a satisfyingly rich combination. The wine is full, ripe, generous, and softly textured. It is ready to drink now and until 2028."
Late Bottled Vintage from Quinta Nova de Nossa Senhora does Carmo has a modern style in which the aromas of the blackberries and blueberries combine with a succulent structure, fluid density, imposing gravity, and a beautiful balance between alcohol and sweetness. It is an LBV that has a long and precise finish, with a lot of tension. As an unfiltered Port, it has an excellent capacity for aging in the bottle.
First Harvest: 2000
Winemakers: Jorge Alves and Sónia Pereira Vineyard
Varieties: Old vines (more than 30 traditional grape varieties) - Field Blend
Zone: Cima Corgo
Harvest: By hand
Yield level: 4000kg/ha
Alcohol: 19,50% Vol.
Additional Winemaking Notes: Unfiltered, 4 years in French oak barrels.
Production: 10000 bottles