A vertical tasting was carried out in November 2017 with the wines Maritávora Grande Reserva from 2004 to 2016. These wines (called Reserva from 2004 to 2009), are made with grapes from a small old vine planted around 1890. There are many varieties planted, highlighting Códega do Larinho, Rabigato and Viosinho. Others, such as Gouveio, Malvasia Fina, Chasselas, Évora and Uva Salsa, are also present.
Thanks to the stubbornness and affection of the three female generations following the founder José Junqueiro Júnior, this same vineyard has been in production for almost 130 years now.
With a very low yield, the annual production varies between 1000 and 2500 bottles depending on the conditions of each year. The grapes are fermented in French oak barrels, aged for about five months in the barrel using batonnage. After bottling, in the spring following the harvest, there is a bottle aging for at least 12 months. These are white guard wines that promise great longevity.
Written by Manuel Gonçalves da Silva, an article was published in the magazine Visão de 21 de Dezembro, commenting on this event.