2015 Quinta da Romaneira
From the most beautiful estate you can possibly imagine, run by Quinta da Noval’s Christian Seely comes this superbly refined pure Petit Verdot. Tea, tobacco, mint, dark cherry and cassis, elegant and precise. Sleek and mobile in the mouth, darkly fleshy, but with poise and grip, tobacco, mocha and black fruit to the fore once more. As with all the wines from these steep slopes that run down to the Douro river – you can really sense the place when you taste. Undergrowth and wild herbs add to the perfumed whole. Delicious. Drinking range: 2018 - 2025 L&S (Jun 2018)
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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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