This wine is clear in colour with bright yellow tones. On the nose, it is aromatically expressive with notes of ripe peaches, nectarines and jasmine. On the palate, it is well-balanced with well-integrated acidity and a long, lingering finish.
- Feature(s): Vegetarian
- Winemaker: António Braga
- Alcohol (ABV): 12.5 %
- Acidity: 5.2 g/l
- Residual sugar: 1.6 g/l
- pH: 3.3
- Case Barcode: 15600897380012
- Bottle barcode: 5600897380015
Located 15 miles north-east of Lisbon, Bucelas is protected from the worst of the Atlantic weather systems by the Serra de Montejunto hills to the west and benefits from the moderating influence of the wide estuary of the Tagus river to the east. This favourable mesoclimate, combined with clay-limestone soils on rolling hills, provides the perfect growing environment for Portugal’s Arinto grape variety.
The 2018 vintage was characterised by high levels of rainfall and low temperatures during the vegetative cycle of the vines. Temperatures rose significantly during a very dry August which created excellent conditions for the maturation of grapes. The resulting wines have great aromatics and well-integrated acidity.
On arrival at the winery the grapes were destemmed by hand, to preserve character. Then gently pressed with a brief pre-fermentation maceration. Fermentation took place in stainless-steel tanks between 16-18°C. The wine was kept on its lees for three months with regular stirring.
Quinta da Romeira has been producing wines since 1703 and is one of the most prestigious estates in the Bucelas appellation. With 75 hectares planted mainly with Arinto, Quinta da Romeira is purported to be the largest Arinto vineyard in the world. During the Peninsula Wars, the Duke of Wellington developed a taste for the estate’s wines and took them home to London as an offering to King George III. They soon gained a following in Britain, with celebrity fans including Charles Dickens and Lord Byron, and became known as ‘Lisbon’. The property was bought by Sogrape in 2018. They have invested heavily in the property, improving the viticulture and putting the talented Antonio Braga (of Azevedo) in charge of winemaking.