2018: A year of top wine news

30 Nov 2018 in  Wine
The wine launching that we held this month in Lisbon was very special, as we used the celebration of the centenary of Poças for the launch of top quality DOC Douro wines.
Branco da Ribeira 2017 (you can read here the review by Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate), our new top-of-the-range, presents itself with volume and very high acidity, reflecting the place where it comes from, a plot of the Quinta Vale de Cavalos, in Numão, in the Upper Douro, at 520 meters of altitude, from granite soils which are uncommon in the Douro.
Símbolo 2015 is the top-of-the-range red of our centenary, in its second edition. Produced from grapes harvested at Quinta de Santa Bárbara in Upper Corgo, the new Símbolo reflects the wine year of 2015, with full maturation earlier than in 2014, providing a powerful wine that already has a full aromatic expression. A toast from nature to the 100 years of Poças, as our winemaker Jorge Pintão puts it: “Símbolo 2015 is very complete and is already very pleasant to be tasted”.
During this wine presentation, the following wines were also tasted:
  • Poças Red Reserva 2016
  • Poças 10 Years Old White
  • Poças LBV 2013
  • Poças Colheita 2008
And, of course, our Very Old Tawny Port, Poças 1918, about which you can read here.

Credits: Jferrand

Poças 1918. Very Old Tawny Port

Nov 29, 2018
In the year of our centenary, we launched a Very Old Tawny Port, a symbolic moment that was a celebration and tribute to the region and to the founder of the company, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior.
The recently launched Poças 1918 arrived at Poças when the company’s founder, Manoel Domingues Poças Júnior, received Quinta das Quartas as payment for a debt. Among the estate received, there was a lot of Port Wines that was kept and is now between 90 and 100 years old.
We are now putting this wine on the market, 100 units only, in a bottle produced by Vista Alegre, inside a wooden box whose design was inspired by the old liqueur of our founder.
Poças 1918 has the fascinating complexity, texture and personality of very old Port wines, says our winemaker Jorge Pintão, also remembering the wine heritage of the region: “They are extraordinary wines that Douro managed to preserve, generation after generation, treasures stored and rarities I had the joy of tasting.” Some of them with brand names, others from anonymous farmers, these very old Port wines “are in our memory and embody intense affections, as with Poças 1918, in my case,” he adds. “It’s like keeping a family jewel,” he concludes.
See below the pictures of our “jewel”.

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Credits Jferrand

Learn about our Quinta das Quartas

Sep 15, 2018

Quinta das Quartas is the Poças winemaking centre. Planted with more than 2.5 ha of vines, this quinta is noted for its immense wine lodge where the firm’s Port Wine is aged. Up 25,000 hectolitres of wines are stored in wooden casks ranging in size from 267-Litre hogsheads to 88,000-Litre vats. Since 1996 the wines from all of Poças’ quintas have been made at this modern winery – a total of 1.1 million Litres of wine. The property also boasts a small museum where one can see the original granite treading tanks dating from 1873.

Manoel Poças Júnior was particularly fond of his first wine estate in the Douro. He visited the quinta almost every week, walking the last 700 metres on foot over rocky paths. Sadly his dream of one day being able to drive right up to the property never came true as the present road was only built much later.

Créditos: Jferrand

New launch: Poças Branco da Ribeira 2017

Nov 15, 2018

Our greatest release of the year is the one of the new top-of-the-range Branco da Ribeira 2017, which has been awarded 93 points in its debut from Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate.

Critic Mark Squires describes our new white as follows:

What do you get by trading up here? Well, it has more oak, but the Arinto’s big acidity slices and dices the wood effortlessly. It is very clean. Showing a lot of bite on the finish and that fine acidity, this is precise, elegant and fairly intense. The finish is very long. In a tough year, this seems pretty miraculous. It has some upside potential too. It certainly is not done developing—which is a good and necessary thing to say about a young wine in this price range. It may even age better than anticipated. Overall, it is a pretty stunning debut”.

– Mark Squires, Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate

Credits: Jferrand