The Moinho do Gato is the Menéres family’s freshest example of their Douro reds. All organic and handpicked grapes (predominately Tinta Barroca, and a blend of Tourgia Nacional, Tinto Cão, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, and Sousão) come into the cellar for manual selection and sorting. The stalks are completely removed and followed by a gentle crushing, with slow and natural yeast fermentation in giant lagares and then the fruit is crushed by a vertical press. About 10% is left in whole clusters during fermentation. No fining, and a very rough filtering takes place, and the finished wine is expressive and delightful. Ripe red fruits and spice are showcased on the nose, and the palate follows with a beautiful smooth yet vibrant attack. Great persistence of red fruit shine through, along with integrated grape tannin, fresh acidity and playfulness, and a beautifully balanced finish.