The 2009 vintage took place under conditions of moderate heat, with some humidity, allowing for a slow maturation, well-balanced in terms of acidity and sugars. The harvest, held only after careful analysis of grapes, took place in mid-September, with the grapes arriving at the winery in 25Kg boxes and in excellent condition.
A wine produced from traditional Douro grape varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca) reflecting the character of the low-altitude Baixo Corgo sub-region, with its consistent quality year-on-year. A wine with bottle-aging potential and the perfect foil to sophisticated dishes.
At their ideal point of maturity, grapes were manually harvested, destemmed and submitted to prolonged fermentation on skins in stainless-steel vats. Following fermentation, the wine was matured in French-oak barrels for a period of 12 months. Following its bottling, in June 2011, the wine continued to mature in bottle for several months before its release. 13,000 bottles were produced in total.
Deep and lively ruby in colour, a complex aroma with notes of mature fruit and some vegetable, as hints of vanilla and spice, characteristic of its ageing in wood, become readily apparent. In the mouth, its body is well balanced by its acidity and alcohol, conferring the wine its ageing potential and making it a fine accompaniment to roast kid or lamb.
Alcoholic content: 13.52 % (v/v)
Volatile acidity: 0.66 g/dm3
Total acidity: 5.23 g/dm3
Professor Virgílio Loureiro