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Quinta da Romaneira Douro White

Cima Corgo, Douro

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. Five hectares of white grapes are planted at a higher altitude to gain the freshness and pure aromatics which distinguish this wine. Vines are on average 18 years old. Yields are typically very low, ranging from 20 – 25 hectolitres per hectare.

Vintage information

In 2013 the winter was extremely wet with heavy rains falling until April. This fortunately restored the soil‘s water reserves which had been low after two dry years. A cool and wet spring was followed by a hot and dry summer, resulting in low production and delayed ripening by ten days. The white grape harvest started a little later than normal in August, with grapes in excellent condition, producing flavourful musts full of freshness, good equilibrium and harmony.

Vinification

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 was then blended and bottled in March 2014.

Tasting Notes

Pale lemon in the glass. Fine aromatics open up in the glass with notes of wild cedar. Fresh and balanced, its intense bright fruit, wild spicy character and strong but fine elegant tannins are typical expressions of the great vineyards of Romaneira.

Vintage information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 60% Malvasia/Malmsey
40% Gouveio (Verdelho)
Region Cima Corgo, Douro
Winemaker António Agrellos
Alcohol (ABV) 12%
Acidity 6.63g/l
Residual Sugar 1.2g/l
Wine pH 3.01