Bottled without any fining or filtration after 18 months ageing in French oak casks, Quinta Vale Dona Maria Douro is foot-trodden in lagares for 12 to 24 hours and are then fermented in temperature-controlled oak vats with manual pigeage before malo and ageing in barrique. Small goods meatiness, pippy spice, raspberry high notes and fabulous dark depths on the nose. The wineopens to coal-tar, black earth and mace perfumes floating up off terroir tells of mineral-stone-licorice. Gamey-savoury and plush; very high quality red-black fruit mid-palate, and terrific underlying tannin structure. A long, dark, very spicy finish. Oak is fine and deft, sitting inside and structuring the fruit.