2017 Quinta da Romaneira
We enjoyed this wine with a tapas lunch in an incredible location by the Douro River at the Romaneira property and have to say it was captivating. A very pure crystalline style, with ripe grapefruit, gooseberry and delicate white flowers. The wine flows beautifully across the palate, refreshing, with citrus skin, mineral, taut and exciting, it was a great accompaniment to the light eats that we were served. Drinking range: 2018 - 2020 L&S (Jul 2018)
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This seems to smell both creamy and grainy but I'm sure you cannot smell 'grainy' – it's just an association with pears, I think. Dry, taut and chalky, sour and fresh with a mouth-watering chalky-textured finish. Drinking range: 2019 - 2022 Rating: 16.5 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (May 2019)
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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