Quinta do Espinho Noémi
The Quinta do Espinho estate is etched into the steep slopes of the Douro in Tabuaço, right before reaching Pinhão. Its reference in the model idealised for the Douro Wine Country (Douro Vinhateiro) by Marquês de Pombal dates all the way back to 1757.
The Macedo Pinto family has racked up 250 years of planting their estates throughout the Távora valley and right up to the Douro river. Today, it’s owned by brothers Joaquim and Alberto. It’s a tradition that has been in the family since the 18th century and is going on its sixth generation!
In late afternoons, the estate’s location allows visitors to witness the characteristic golden tones that give the river its name (Douro – de ouro – of gold – Golden River). A stay at the pool house is obligatory and will provide the most beautiful scenery possible for refreshing dips and poolside relaxation.
The Macedo Pinto family history contains various figures who played notable roles in the Douro’s history, as is the case of Grandfather Vítor. Born in 1869, he was one of the great defenders of the Casa do Douro and also a doctor, property owner, prominent republican, mayor of the Tabuaço Municipality and a member of parliament in the National Constituent Assembly of 1911.
This Noemi pays homage to his fifth daughter of six children, who led a fascinating life at the beginning of the 20th century. She was beautiful and intelligent, cultured and sensitive, ironic and unpredictable.
She became a widow at a young age and with two small children. She would split her time between her job in Lisbon and her children, who stayed in Porto with their grandparents. She later married again, this time to a doctor, with whom she had two more children, finally settling in Lisbon.
This phase of her life allowed her to cultivate connections to music, the plastic arts, literature and politics. Her children remember how she introduced them to the beauty of the arts, helping them interpret paintings, classical music, philosophy and poetry.
The bottle you have before you is a well-deserved tribute to a life lived to the fullest and is made even more special by the beauty of the label designed by the Portuguese sculptor João Cutileiro.
All you have to do now is cool the bottle down slightly and then dive into the Douro that will fill your glass.
Winemaker: Jean-Hugues Gros
Denomination: Noémi 2021 Douro Branco, IVDP Registration no 32321
Year 2021: Very good conditions until the end of August. The rain in September delayed the final maturation of the grapes and sometimes caused some dilution. The wines are generally lighter than usual, but with a fine acidity.
Varieties: Viosinho, Rabigato and Côdega de Larinho
Tasting Notes: Fresh and floral on the nose, some citrus notes. Good concentration in the mouth, round, present but balanced acidity, fruity, long finish.
Vinification: The grapes are destemmed and then pressed. The must is decanted at 8oC for 48 hours. Fermentation at low temperature (14oC) for 3 weeks. Cleaning and aging in stainless steel vats with weekly batonnage, until the end of December. The final batch was made in January. plate filtration
Image: Sculptor João Cutileiro. Tribute to Noémi by Macedo Pinto Azevedo Gomes
ABV: 13.00% (20°C)
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/dm³
Volatile acidity: 0.4 g/dm³
Total sugars: 0.6 g/ dm³
Bottle label: João Cutileiro, Sculptor. Tribute to Noémi de Macedo Pinto Azevedo Gomes
Codfish Pataniscas (patties) with bean rice.