Quinta da Romaneira Douro Red 2008

£24.99

TASTING NOTE

Deep purple in colour with ruby tints. Fresh perfumes of cassis and ripe blackberry fruit abound on the nose along with some elegant floral notes. Well balanced on the palate with good structure, ripe, rounded tannins and balancing acidity. Smoky, spicy touches come through on the long, complex finish.

There are 85 hectares of vineyard which have been replanted with the principal aim of producing dry wines and a small range of ports. The vineyards are planted mainly with noble Douro varieties and all 80 hectares of red grapes are planted on “A” grade Douro Schist terraces. Yields are typically very low, ranging from 20–25 hectolitres per hectare.

In 2007/08 a rainfall of 146mm below average was recorded, with particularly dry conditions over winter. Temperatures were cooler than many years, which had a very positive effect on the vines in this hot region; they retained their leaves very well which helped to ripen the berries more evenly, although yield was lowered due to cooler temperatures at flowering. The veraison occurred in the first half of July and maturation started mid-August, 8-15 days later than 2007. The harvest started on 12th September. The musts obtained were full of colour, very dense and aromatic, with good sugar levels, acidity and low pH.

After pressing, the must was fermented in stainless steel vats with temperature control at 25-28°C. Extraction was by remontage and delestage, with maceration periods varying from one lot to another, but lasting between 10 and 20 days. The wine was then aged in 100% French oak barrels, of which 25% were new and the remaining 75% one year old.

13.5% abv

Quinta da Romaneira Douro Red 2008
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