The Tinto Cão (Red Dog if literally translated) was picked yesterday, 11 October, at Malvedos in a very healthy condition and was the last variety to be picked at the Quinta.
The mature Tinto Cão block we have here at Malvedos was planted in 1987 and the yields were extremely low this year at just 0.7 Kg per vine! The parcel (Number 18) looks like a small twister on the block map for Quinta dos Malvedos and is spectacularly steep. An abandoned house at the top of the block has a splendid view across the bend in the river to the west of us, towards another Graham’s quinta, Quinta da Vila Velha.
Tinto Cão is characterised by its robust small bunches and pellet like thick skinned berries which make it very resistant to both high temperatures and fungal diseases. It adds delicacy and elegance to Graham’s Port blends, often producing wines with hints of spicy pepper that age very well.