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Quinta da Romaneira Douro Red Reserva

Cima Corgo, Douro

Awards

  • Gold - International Wine Challenge 2011

Quinta da Romaneira

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.

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Vineyards

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 noble 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.

Vintage information

In 2007/08 a rainfall of 146mm below average was recorded, with particularly dry conditions over winter. Temperatures were cooler than many years, which had a positive effect on the vines in this hot region; they retained their leaves very well which helped to ripen the berries more evenly, although yield was lowered due to cooler temperatures at flowering. The veraison occured in the first half of July and maturation started mid-August, 8 to 15 days later than 2007. The harvest started on 12th September. The musts obtained were full of colour, very dense and aromatic, with good sugar levels, acidity and low pH.

Vinification

The grapes were all harvested by hand and fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control at 25-28°C and regular pump-overs for good extraction of both colour and tannins. 100% of the wine was aged in French oak barrels for a period of 12 months before bottling. It was stored in bottle at the winery for a number of months before release.

Tasting Notes

A rich and powerful red wine with intensely concentrated fruit character. Ripe blackberry, dark plum and fig character on the nose with delicate aromatic touches of smoky, mocha spice. Great structure, firm yet ripe tannins, with a long, spicy finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2008
Grape varieties 50% Touriga Nacional
40% Touriga Franca
10% Tinto Cão
Region Cima Corgo, Douro
Winemaker António Agrellos
Alcohol (ABV) 14%
Acidity 4.78g/l
Residual Sugar 1.8g/l
Wine pH 3.74