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Superior Harvest 2017


Designation of Origin
DO Douro
Grape varieties
Traditional Douro varieties
Enologist
Luís Leocádio

Vineyard

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

2017 Harvest

It was an extremely, and unusually, dry year and no-one can recall a drought like it in the Douro. As a result of the weather, we found that all stages of the growing cycle were advanced, with bud break and flowering going smoothly, and the grapes starting to gain colour in the first few days of July. The very hot weather continued throughout the maturation period, thus causing a rapid ripening of the grapes, which led to the harvest starting at the end of August. It was a good year, and the wines have a more intense colour and a higher alcohol content, but with a very nicely balanced acidity. Managing to maintain freshness and elegance.

Vinification

Fresh grapes at their ideal point of ripeness are picked by hand and placed in 20 kg boxes. After destemming and gentle crushing, the grapes ferment in a stainless-steel vat for 9 days with daily delestage. After alcoholic fermentation, the wine is aged in second and third year French oak barrels.

Characteristics

Tasting notes

Deep ruby red colour. The aroma is complex with floral aromas combined with red and wild fruits, notes of spices (nutmeg and cloves). It reveals nuances of rock rose and menthol that lend it freshness. In the mouth it has a surprising balanced acidity, concentration and fine, silky tannins. It has a long, lingering finish that is extremely persistent.

Service and harmonization

Enjoy with white meat, red meat, barbecues, Italian food, sushi or medium cheeses. Serve at 16 º - 18 ºC.

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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.