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Meandro Red 2015
Douro Red

Harvest Report:

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. Thus, the start of the vegetative cycle of the vines was difficult, and the rains the beginning of May (about 40 mm) were fundamental to equilibrate 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 liding to an early harvest. We started the harvest on 19 August with the Rabigato grape variety. The harvest of red grapes began on August 24 with the 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 theOctober 1st and the results were of exceptional quality, originating very aromatic wines wth a beautiful color.



Grape varieties:

40% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional, 16% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinta Barroca, 2% Alicante Bouschet and 2% Tinta Amarela.



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.This wine was matured in second and third year French Allier oak barriques.



Tasting Notes:

Lively color. Floral scents combined with red fruit aromas. Fills the mouth with intense fruit notes, showing a long, very fresh and complex after taste.



 
 
 
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