Autumn of 2014 was rainy, which allowed the replenishment of water reserves in the soil. By the beginning of winter it rained a little over 50% of the annual average, building some optimism for the winter and the following year. Nevertheless the winter was dry, and the autumn rain has proven insufficient to ensure a water supply for the coming year. Consequently the start of the vegetative cycle of the vines was difficult, and the rains the beginning of May (about 40 mm) were fundamental to balance fluid balance. Summer of 2015 was one of the driest we have ever registered, although with the lowest temperatures ever recorded, allowing the plants to grow despite the low levels of water in soil, but leading to an early harvest. We started the harvest on August 19 with the Rabigato grape variety. The harvest of red grapes began on August 24 with Tinta Amarela. The end of August brought relatively fresh days and cool nights, which allowed us to slow down the harvest and take advantage of these conditions. The harvest lasted until October 1st and the results were of exceptional quality, originating very aromatic wines with a beautiful color.
Touriga Nacional 45%, Touriga Franca 45%, Tinta Barroca 5% and Tinta Roriz 5%
After being crushed, the grapes were cooled down and trodden by foot during four hours in granite lagares and then transferred to small refrigerated stainless steel vinifying vats. Each grape variety is vinified separately. All the wine was matured in French Allier oak barriques (225 litres). 65% new and 35% second usage.
Very concentrated in colour. Deep and complex nose with lots of aromatic nuances, yet maintaining the balance between them. In the mouth it is vibrant, in a set of great elegance, showing an excellent integration of the wood, a surprisingly large variety of flavours, and a very long aftertaste.
18,5 points “Vinhos Grandes Escolhas”, November 2017, Portugal