Quinta dos Roques vinho tinto 2017
DOC Dao, Quinta dos Roques, 750 ml
On the nose, quite pronounced oak aromas of cedar and vanilla, plus delicately fruity blackcurrant and elderberry. The palate is dense and meaty with a pronounced tannin structure. This wine is powerful and warm with a long aftertaste. A great discovery.
|Origin:||Portugal / Dao|
|Grape variety:||Touriga Nacional, Jaen, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro Preto, Tinta Cão|
|Label:||Certified integrated production|
|Ripening potential:||2 to 5 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Roasted lamb gigot, Bistecca fiorentina, T-Bone steak, Wild specialities, Wild fowl|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, fermentation in steel tank|
|Maturation:||in partly new and used barriques/ Pièces|
|Maturation duration:||8 months|
Quinta dos Roques
leather and spices, it gives the Rioja its face. In the Ribera del Duero, it is known as Tinta del país. Here it turns out focused and muscular. As it has inhabited the Iberian Peninsula for centuries, it is known under countless synonyms. Across the border in Portugal, it is called Tinta Roriz, and lends colour and body to port wine. It also plays an important role in the booming wine scene of the Douro Valley. The Tempranillo owes its name to its early maturity – "temprano" in Spanish means "early". Tip: do it like they do in Spain and enjoy it with lamb.
The Touriga Nacional originally comes from the Dão, in the heart of Portugal. There is a village there named Tourigo. But it became famous in the Douro Valley, where port wine is produced. When the five best varieties were selected from the motley assortment of grapes growing in the vine terraces in the 1980s, the Touriga Nacional was the first choice. It smells of cassis, raspberry, plum, violet and liquorice, and is concentrated on the palate with supple tannins. It does well not only in port wine, but also in dry reds. Solo, the Touriga Nacional tastes almost too intense; therefore, it is usually blended with other varieties such as Touriga Franca and Tinta Barroca. Developed in barriques, the wines show their full potential. In the past ten years, the cultivation area of this grape has more than doubled, and spread to the whole of Portugal.
The wine that inspired Portuguese literature
This red Portuguese variety's name means “red dog.” However, how it came by this rather strange name is completely unknown. Interestingly, the grapes are not toxic to most animals; yet in some dogs just 10 grams of grapes per kilogram of body mass can be fatal.
This autochthonous red variety was first mentioned in the mid-17th century in the Portuguese literature. The artist Rebello da Fonseca wrote succinctly: “Tinto Cão is one of the varieties that makes good wine in the Douro.”
Mysterious origin, today widespread
The original Jaen variety is no longer cultivated. However, Jaen is now a synonym for Mencia.
This grape also bears the name “bastardo,” probably because its descent and parents are unknown. Its cradle, however, is suspected to be in Portugal. It certainly found its home there, with its first documentary mention in 1791.
The black grapes take time to ripen and are highly susceptible to Botrytis cinerea and powdery mildew. But if the vine is carefully and lovingly maintained, the berries yield accessible, velvety wines. Because of its intense color, the wine is often used as a cuvée partner. Despite the body and intensity of the grapes, varietal wines pressed from Alfrocheiro Preto are best drank rather quickly.
Dão: noble crus from the highlands
The wine world eyes Dão, the Portuguese wine region in the northern foothills of the Estrela Mountains (Serra da Estrela), with greater interest with each passing year. A cool climate, sparse granite soils and first-class native varieties result in wines which brilliantly master the balancing act between fruitfulness and wholesome structure. The majority of the wines here are assemblages. The red Touriga Nacional and white Encruzado varieties in particular are guarantors for first-class wines.
Portugal – Much more than port
Situated on the southwestern tip of Europe, this country is, despite its small size, blessed with a multitude of landscapes. Austere mountains alternate with green valleys and golden beaches. Vines have thrived against this backdrop for over 4,000 years, brought to the peninsula by Phoenicians, Greeks, and Romans.
Portugal has over 500 autochthonous varieties. The term derives from ancient Greek, and means roughly “of the land itself.”