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Reserva 2018

Reserve 2018


Designation of Origin
DO Douro
Grape varieties
Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz
Enologist
Luís Leocádio

Vineyard

Situated on the steep slopes of the Pinhão River at an altitude of 150-400 m, with shale soils that are poor and rough, of low yield but with grapes of high concentration and quality.

2018 wine harvest

An unusual year for winemaking. Winter was cold and dry with very little rain. With the onset of spring, rain came in abundance, which allowed the replenishment of water reserves in the soil. Unstable weather and strong winds at the end of May (flowering stage) caused some loss of yield as well as a delay in the growth cycle. Diseases also broke out and all care was doubled. Summer started with a lot of rain, but periods of intense heat in August allowed the grapes to ripen more evenly, and a warm September further accelerated ripening. Wines of great concentration and balance and exceptional elegance were produced at the winery.

Vinification

Fresh grapes at their ideal point of ripeness are picked by hand and placed in 20 kg boxes. After destemming and gentle treading, the grapes underwent 5 days of cold maceration. Fermentation took place over 10 days with daily delestage. Following alcoholic fermentation, 50% of the wine was aged for 12 months in French oak casks.

Characteristics

Tasting notes

Deep ruby colour. Aroma with subtle notes of black fruits like blackberry and blueberry, coupled with notes of fig, mocha and cocoa. On the palate, remarkable freshness, excellent structure and balance, with firm, high quality tannins. The finish is complex, with great elegance and aromatic persistence.

Service and harmonization

Excellent wine to enjoy with roasts, red meats and strong cheeses. Serve at 16ª-18º C.

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For more information or any questions about the wines, please contact us.

For more information or any questions about the wines, please contact us.