|Grapes||Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional|
The Estate red from Romaneira is an absolute cracker, a blend of traditional Douro varietals, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinto Roriz and Tinto Cao. Fermented in specially designed conical stainless steel tanks and the transferred to 225 Ltr French oak barriques for 14 months. A supple and plush mouthful of dark berry fruits, spicy and chocolatey, but with notes of violets lending lovely perfume. Drinking range: 2019 - 2024 L&S (Apr 2020)
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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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