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Lote 2020

Producer: Quinta da Vegia
Region: Dão
Country: Portugal
Classification: DOC
Wine Type: Red
Variety: Tinta Roriz, Touriga Nacional
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alcohol: 14.5%
Soil: Sand, granite
Farming Practices: Sustainable
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Cellar Profile


Region


Dão—one of the oldest established wine regions in Portugal—is located primarily on a plateau that is sheltered on three sides by the granite mountain ranges of Serra da Estrela, Serra do Caramulo and Serra da Nave. This helps the area maintain its temperate climate, away from the effects of the nearby Atlantic Ocean. The region experiences abundant rainfall in the winter months and long, warm dry summers leading up to harvest. This is one of the country’s highest in altitude wine growing regions, with vineyards planted from 200-1000 masl.

Vineyard


Located in Dão, near the village of Penalva do Castelo, Quinta de Vegia currently has 20 hectares of vineyard. Carefully selected varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Alfrocheiro, Tinto Cão, Encruzado and Bical) are planted on fertile, granitic, sandy soils. All vineyards are farmed sustainably.

Varieties


Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo in Spain) can make rich, lively red wines that combine elegance and robustness, copious berry fruit and spicy flavour. The vines are very vigorous and productive and adapt well to different climates and soils, although they prefer hot, dry climates on sand or clay-limestone. Touriga Nacional is a thick-skinned grape whose skins are rich in colour and tannins, giving excellent structure and aging capacity. It also has wonderful, intense flavours: floral and fruity with ripe blackcurrants, raspberries and complex hints of herbs and licorice.

Winemaking


Hand-harvested in the evening from selected vines throughout the vineyard, the fruit is brought cool to the winery, where it is sorted and de-stemmed before fermentation in stainless steel. The cap saw regular punchdowns during the relatively cool 18 day fermentation on indigenous yeasts. It spends a year longer in stainless steel, before being bottled unfined and unfiltered, where it ages for at least another 6 months before release.

Tasting Notes 


Generous on the nose, the fruit is brighter and fresher than expected, with some red berry elements underlying the typical black fruits, along with a touch of eucalyptus or menthol. The palate is rich, but not ponderous, and the tannins are smooth and well-integrated. Blueberry, black cherry and olive lead to a long finish, that has a savoury note. Serve at cellar temperature with some grilled Chouriço, or burgers.