2007 Quinta da Romaneira
|Grapes||Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca|
Aged three years in large oak barrels (tonéis) followed by ten years in smaller 640 litre oak casks. 2007 was an exceptional year with very specific characteristics. In particular, the abundant winter rains that replenished the soil water reserves, followed by a relatively mild summer, with beautiful sunny days but cool nights, which provided ideal conditions for the ripening of the grapes. Sugars came from proper ripening rather than from desiccation. The harvest took place in mid-September in magnificent sunshine, (with the exception of two rainy days towards the end of September), and the grapes were in perfect health conditions. Once crushed in the lagares, they immediately showed excellent dark colour and lovely aromas, with good sugar content and acidity. Fermentations were long and easy to control. The first tastings revealed wines marked by elegance, finesse and outstanding balance. We so decided to set aside a batch of wine to produce this colheita. A lovely amber color with a darker tawny core. Very intense and concentrated colheita that presents a harmonious and rich mix of aromas. Spicy and raisiny notes together with toasted almond and younger fruity flavours. Some citrus notes combined with its minerality and velvety texture make for a very lively and rich wine. Wonderful and seductive to drink now. Winemaker's notes (Apr 2021)
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Quinta da Romaneira
Whilst an old estate with a consequentially long history, Quinta da Romaneira only really becomes of note when, in 2004, new purchasers of the estate placed it under the management of Christian Seely and Antonio Agrellos who had worked such wonders at Quinta do Noval. Since then the vineyards have been overhauled, the best old vines have been retained in tandem with a replanting programme for the rest of the vineyard. A brand new winery has been constructed, two-thirds of it underground allowing Romaneira to have a proper cool wine cellar in the heart of the Douro valley.
85ha of vineyard, stretching some 3km along the River Douro are planted with both traditional Douro grapes and some plantings of international varieties.
Of course, this being the Douro valley, Quinta da Romaneira produce some very high quality Ports, but the forward focus of the estate is to realise the potential for table wine. In the words of Christian Seely, "our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful place among the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley."
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