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vintage 1998

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1998 Vintage


Designation of origin
DO Porto
Grape varieties
Traditional Douro varieties
Oenologist
Carlos Soeiro

Vineyard

Parcels of vines situated on the steep slopes of the River Pinhão at an altitude of 150-400m, with poor, stony schistose soil; low yielding vines with grapes of high concentration and quality.

1998 vintage

Normal and rainy winter. Dry spring. Normal temperature for the season except during the end of July and beginning of August (45º during the day and 30º at night). Abnormally high temperatures during harvesting. Full bodied wines with the tannins to ensure a good potential for ageing.

Vinification

Fresh grapes and at their ideal ripeness are picked by hand into 20 kg boxes. Following the removal of the stalk and smooth crushing, the grapes were placed in a stainless steel cube for 5 days of pellicular maceration, fermenting for five days, with three daily delestage processes before continuing to macerate following fortification for a further three days. This resulted in an excellent wine extract. Then aged in old French balseiros (vats). Blending was done in March 2001.

Wine tasting updated in June 2017

Oenologist Luís Leocádio

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Characteristics

Tasting notes

Dark purple, already aged into a brick red colour, with pleasing, rich and full aromas of blackberries and an attractive floral fragrance of liquorice. A grand wine, very intense and well rounded, full of blackberry type fruit and balsamic aromas. Full bodies with a smooth and silk finish. 

Service and harmonization

Goes particularly well with cheeses such as Serra, Stilton, Gorgonzola and other fatty examples. Ideal to accompany sweet deserts and rich in fruit preserve flavours.  Decant and serve at 17º - 18ºC.

Awards and Prizes

Gold Medal Honourable Mention
  • Honourable Mention - Vinitaly 2002 - ITALY
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