For the second year in a row, after a cold and dry Winter the rain appeared in the beginning of the Spring. This was ...Read more...
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For the second year in a row, after a cold and dry Winter the rain appeared in the beginning of the Spring. This was crucial to restore the water levels of the soil. The Summer was uncharacteristically mild for this region with occasional rainy days in June and July. There are no records of temperatures above 37 ºC and even these were rare. These conditions allowed a very slow and perfect maturation. As a consequence we were able to harvest very slowly, choosing carefully block by block as the different grape varieties achieved the ideal maturation. We started picking Tinta Amarela on the 2nd September, followed by Tinta Barroca, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Sousão, Touriga Nacional and just finishing on the 10th October picking the Tinto Cão. Weather conditions during the vintage remain dry with the exception of one insignificant showery morning in late September, enabling us to produce remarkably dark and concentrated wines, with excellent acidity and firm tannin structure and powerful fruit notes.
Aged in French Oak.
Notes: French Allier oak 225 litres barriques (80% new and 20% second year).
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