Quinta da Gaivosa Vintage Port 2018, Douro, Portugal
Alves de Sousa
Fortified wine, 75cl. Full bodied Touriga Franca and Sousão blend from Douro Portugal. 19.5%ABV. Vegan
Single vineyard vintage port from Alves de Sousa's flagship Quinta. Dark blue colour. Aromas of dark berry, mulberry and blueberry. Medium body with distinct notes of mulberry. Elegant with marked tannins. Long and alluring finish.
Tasting notes from the judges of the Sommelier Wine Awards
'An exceptional expression that's super-powerful and extreme in every aspect, with baked and sweet fruit. Needs time, yet even at this stage it's balanced.' Sarah Jane Evans MW, team leader. 'Very complex fruit intensity here, with cooked, ripe dark fruits and spices, and some high tannins.' Marco Marcuzzo, Zuma Rome.
Producer Profile Alves de Sousa
The Alves de Sousa family has been producing wines for several generations, initially supplying fruit and wine to other port companies. When Domingos Alves de Sousa inherited his family’s quintas in 1987, he began producing wine under the family name. After studying viticulture in Bordeaux and his native Portugal, acquiring additional properties and constructing a modern cellar at Quinta da Gaivosa, he released his first vintage in 1991. Since then, Domingos and his wines have gained critical acclaim. Notably, he was named “Producer of the Year” by Revista de Vinhos in 1999 and 2007; he is the only person to have won this prestigious award twice. Today, Domingos and his son, Tiago, run the estate of five quintas producing both still and fortified wines.
Suggested food pairing
Cheese (cream cheese, blue cheese and cured cheese), desserts, or simply on its own.