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Quinta do Vale Meão 2014
Douro Red

Harvest Report:

After a very difficult and rainy end of the 2013 harvest, the autumn came warmer and dryer than usual. In the last 15 days of the year and in the beginning of 2014 the rain was constant, and the total amount of rainfall in these 3 months was similar to our year average – around 400 mm. During this period, the air temperature was always higher than normal and that caused an anticipation of the bud break of around 15 days regarding 2013. From bud break to harvest, the temperature was always a little bit lower than average. This mild situation, associated with regular rainy periods during the cycle, was the key to have very low hydric stress levels. Therefore the canopy development was excellent with very interesting yields. All these factors combined allowed a perfect maturation process, but around 15 days earlier than usual. So harvest started the 23rd of August with the variety Tinta Amarela. Due to the balance of the maturation of all our varieties, we harvest at a good pace and when the rain appeared in mid-September we already had around 85% of the harvest concluded. The fact that we had a cooler year than usual, when our biggest concern is the excess of heat, allows us to expect an exceptional year. 



Grape varieties:

55% Touriga Nacional, 35% Touriga Franca, 5% Tinta Barroca and 5% Tinta Roriz.



Vinification:

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.



Tasting Notes:

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.



 
 
 
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