REGION OF ORIGIN–Douro | Portugal
A predominantly continental climate with cold winters followed by very hot summers.
Location of Vineyards –Douro (DOC)
Precambrian and antediluvian schists, with some narrow granite seams.
Produced from wines aged for a period of over sixty years and all typical of the DOURO and blended in batches.
Manually harvested with the bunches carefully selected in accordance with the highest standards of ripeness. Pellicular maceration and alcoholic fermentation at controlled temperatures in stainless steel cubes. Post-fermentation maceration followed by malolatic fermentation. Vinified with all of the attention needed to preserve the special features of these varieties and aged for twelve months in French oak casks before another six months in the bottle. In order to intactly preserve the quality of this wine, we do not cold stabilize it and thus this is a natural product subject to sediments emerging with age.
Clear and brilliant, an intense ruby colour with an excellent aromatic complexity that combines the wild fruit berries of the Douro with heather in harmony with hints of toast and chocolate. Structured and dense but very elegant, rendering a highly pleasing effect through mature tannins and a velvety finish, exuberant and with an excellently persistent aftertaste.
Alcohol– 14.5 % vol.
Ideal for meat and game dishes, cheeses, traditional Portuguese food and Mediterranean cuisine generally.
Recommended temperature 18º-20ºC
António J. Bastos