Colheita 2011

Winery Quinta da Zaralhoa

Region Douro, Portugal

Grapes Touriga Nacional 45%, Touriga Franca 25%, Tinta Barroca 5%, Tinta Roriz 25%
ProfileThe wine has sensational aromas of purple flowers with a hint of strawberry. On the palate you’ll taste black fruits, dark chocolate and experience rich, soft tannins. Very complex, flavors develop for days after opening. 94 points on Wine Enthusiast.
Grape GrowingAfter a very rainy winter, the summer of 2011 was hot and dry, but because the soil was still hydrated the grapes had a long ripening season. Manual harvesting. Organically farmed land. Steep vertical grain schist allows great drainage. The vineyards are on the slopes of the valley and are dried out by the warm wind that funnels through the Douro.
WinemakingDestemmed and pressed in a traditional lagar (foot treading). Partial aging in French Oak Barrels of 225 liters, for 2 years. Before bottling, different lots are selected for the final blend. After bottling, the wine matures in bottle for another year completing a 3 years aging process.
More About the WineLuis and Ana entered the world of wine 15 years ago when Luis’s parents, Tony and Gabby, bought a beautiful property in the heart of the Douro Superior. The property was filled with abandoned vineyards and recovering them became the family’s passion. Today they are committed to making some of the best wine the Douro has to offer.

Wine Data

Alc13.5

PH3.8

TA4.3 g/L

RS2.2 g/L

SoilVertical Black Schist

Altitude450m (1476ft)

Vineyard Age12-120 years

Production Size1000

PairingBeef Stew, Braised Beef, Ribeye, BBQ, Roast Mutton, Burgers Cuisines: Portuguese, Brazilian, American, Argentine, Russian

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