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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. 5 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

2012 was characterised by an extremely dry and cold winter, followed by a very wet spring and a dry summer. The spring rains were crucial to provide the water needed for the development of the vines and, coupled with the mild temperatures of spring and summer, allowed the vines to achieve an excellent maturation of the grapes. The harvest started a week later than normal in September. Although 2012 was a year of drought, the grapes were in very good condition, with small but perfect berries that produced flavourful musts, full of freshness and good acidity.

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 2013.

Tasting Notes

Fine aromatic nose that opens up in the glass, with some wild cedar notes. A good mineral backbone with satisfying roundness in the mouth. Lovely structure. To drink today, but may age well in bottle for several years to come.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 60% Malvasia Nera
40% Godello/Gouveio
Region Cima Corgo, Douro
Winemaker António Agrellos
Consultant Winemaker Corinne Seely
Alcohol (ABV) 13.5%
Acidity 7.71g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3