Located in the small town of Alijo in Cimo Corgo, Caves Transmontanas produces premium traditional-method sparkling wines from the Douro valley, under the Douro Vertice label.
Today only around 100,000 bottles are made every year, and these are widely regarded as Portugal's finest sparkling wines.
The whole bunches are pressed pneumatically and then a tradtional méthode champenoise secondary fermentation in bottle is followed with an extended with an ageing on lees for a minimum of 8 years. A low dosage of 4 g/l would classify this as extra-brut.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Tasting Notes: An incredibly complex nose of roasted peach, hazelnut, brioche, honey and berries. Powerful and complex, this world-class fizz offers up layers of rich flavour and fine, persistent bubbles but with a fresh, long mineral finish.
Food Match: Ideal with cheeses, shellfish and canapes.
An alternative to: The very finest champagne