|Grapes||Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca|
Lovely concentration, quite tightly wound, dark fruit core, bramble, dark cherry, then floral notes too of roses, violets with good freshness. The palate is beautifully delivered, concentrated black fruit, meaty and neatly spiced. It has the feel of a sleek Left Bank Claret and the hold too. Remarkable freshness and balance. Poised and sophisticated finishes with wonderful length. A blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. 10 months in oak barrels, (a third new). L&S (Aug 2020)
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This 2017 was one of the greatest vintages that the high, wild, mountainous Douro region has seen in recent years. Indeed, Romaneira’s 2017 — a smouldering, silky, herby, violet and sloe-spiced date-night charmer — is the best yet from this lavishly rejuvenated estate.Jane MacQuitty, The Times (Feb 2021)
Serious essence of the Douro with just a little oak still in evidence. Lots of concentration and subtly explosive fruit to enjoy here, but the price is a bit toppy. Well made and nowhere near its peak. Drinking range: 2020 - 2030 Rating: 16.5+ Jancis Robinson OBE MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Oct 2020)
I have tasted a lot of wannabe Douro red heroes and they often seem to lack polish and sophistication. Granted,they are inky, powerful and long-lived – a few but not all of the ingredients for collectable wine – but they are usually missing vital parts, namely control, balance and finesse, which Burgundy, Bordeaux and even the great Northern Rhônes have in spades. Just the other day I tasted the current release 2016 and soon to be released 2017 (due out at the end of this month) Reservas from Romaneira and I could not believe it. Both weighing in at a fit 13.5% alcohol, and with the meticulous build-quality of top Left Bank clarets, but with the heady touriga nacional and franca perfumes and flavours, these wines are sensational. The 2016 is more foursquare and pensive, while the 2017 is pure liquid charm. A new Douro dawn has arrived.'Matthew Jukes www.matthewjukes.com (Jul 2020)
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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