Quinta da Romaneira was bought in 2004 by a group of friends including Christian Seely, who is known for his experience running the renowned Quinta do Noval...
Since arriving in the Douro in the 1990s, it had been Christian‘s dream to own Quinta da Romaneira and restore the property to its former glory. The estate is situated in the Cima Corgo district, in the heart of the Douro Valley. The superb location, along two kilometres of the Douro River, provides ideal conditions for the production of high quality wines, both dry and fortified, from local varieties. All the vineyards for the reds are classified ‘A’ Grade; aromatic white varieties are grown at high altitude for Romaneira’s delicious dry white wine.
There are 85 hectares of vineyard which have been replanted with the principal aim of producing dry wines and a small range of ports. The vineyards are planted mainly with classic Douro varieties and all 80 hectares of red grapes are planted on “A” grade Douro Schist terraces. Yields are typically very low, ranging from 20 – 25 hectolitres per hectare.
After 3 years of drought, 2010 had an exceptionally wet winter with rainfall well above average. There followed an extremely hot and dry summer, without a drop of rain in July and August, which delayed maturation. The vines shut down with very high temperatures, but they were able to keep the humidity using the replenished water tables during the hot summer. The vines managed to maintain very good foliage throughout the year, which allowed good preservation of the grapes. September early rains brought the vines back to life allowing maturation to resume its course. The harvest was delayed, taking place in September 2010. Yields were high compared to 2009 and 2008.
The grapes were pressed and then fermented, with occasional pump-overs, in stainless steel conical vats with temperatures controlled at 25-28ºC. The wine aged in 100% French oak 225litre barrels for 14 months before bottling.
The Sino 2010 is a very pretty, light, delicate expression of the Douro terroir. Floral and spicy with notes of black pepper and rose petal characteristics. Well-balanced, smooth and fresh it has a harmonious finish.
25% Touriga Nacional
25% Touriga Franca
30% Tinta Roriz
20% Tinto Cão
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