"The 2020 Pintas Vintage Port is a field blend from more than 40 different grapes from very old vines (around 90 years). It comes in with 110 grams of residual sugar and will be bottled in July 2021 after 19 months in old chestnut casks. It was the final blend and out of cask when I tasted it. In classic flavors, this is sensationally delicious, but there is also a backbone, though perhaps less fierce than normal. The winery is never shy in tannins, but right now this has the fruit in charge. I expect this to close down. When it is released, try keeping your hands off it, but if you dive in, you probably should do it early. Still, this is not quite as hard edged as the 2019, which I'd rate a little higher for what seems to be its formidable structure. This may have sexier fruit. Drink to 2070."
94 - 96 points. Mark Squires, The Wine Advocate (August 2022)
A special vineyard of over 90 years old - the first the couple acquired in 2001 and named after their dear family dog of the same name ('Pintas' means 'Spots' in English).
This wine is a field blend of over 40 indigenous grape varieties. Hand harvested graoes, whole bunches were foot trodden in stone lagares. Ageing in old Port casks for 19 months, after which the wine was bottled.
The Quinta da Manoella vineyards are over a hundred years old, bordered on both sides by young vineyards that are 30 years old, some even more recent. Quinta da Manoella Vinhas Velhas was immediately recognized as one of the greatest wines of Douro.
Wine & Soul embodies the spirit of a new wave of top quality Douro Wines, sourced from very old vineyards, low yields, limited production showcase the character of each particular vineyard and the very special nature of each unique terroir. Wines crafted with minimum intervention, letting nature and terroir take the lead and speak for themselves.