In homage to ‘the Ferreirinha’, the Dona Antónia range has now been modernized and strengthened with the addition of a Reserva Branco alongside the existing Reserva Tawny. The grapes were picked slightly over-ripe. After light crushing and destalking, they were macerated in the juice throughout the fermentation period, with the aim of extracting as many of the aromatic compounds from the grape skins as possible. The juice underwent pumping over so that the desired compounds were completely diffused in the juice, while the skins were kept whole. Temperatures and densities were rigorously controlled so as to choose the ideal moment to add the spirit required to stop the fermentation, which determines the final sweetness of the wine. After harvest, the wine underwent racking. It was transported to Vila Nova de Gaia, where it was aged in oak. During this period, the wines are racked, analyzed and tasted many times. The final blend has an average age of 7 yrs. The resulting wine is golden yellow in color. It has an intense aroma, with notes of bitter marmalade, a floral quality, exotic wood and dried fruits and nuts, with a light, peppery and curry-like spice. The wood aging adds nobility, complexity and the required richness.