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 noble Douro varieties and all 80 hectares of red grapes are planted on “A” grade Douro Schist terraces. 5 hectares of white grapes are planted at a higher altitude to gain the freshness and pure aromatics which distinguish this wine. Yields are typically very low, ranging from 20 – 25 hectolitres per hectare.
The vines in 2011 benefited from a good rainy winter. After a quite dry spring, the canopy was in very good state for the summer. The yield of the vines was controlled with a green harvest. Vintage began before the end of August, before the hottest temperatures arrived, ensuring good levels of acidity were retained in the grapes which were picked in excellent health.
The grapes were gently whole bunch pressed. The Malvasia Fina was fermented in 100% oak barrels, not new, providing complexity. The Gouveio was cold fermented in stainless steel keeping the fresh fruity aromas. The wine were then blended and bottled in February 2012.
Fresh, balanced and harmonious. The Romaneira Vinho Branco 2011 is characterised by a flinty minerality reminiscent of the schistous soil where the vines grow. Ripe citrus and white stone fruit notes with touches of fresh herbs abound on the nose and palate. This wine is ready to drink now, but can age well in bottle for several years to come.
40% Gouveio (Verdelho)
|Consultant Winemaker||Corinne Seely|
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