DO Dao, Quinta dos Roques, 2017
Touches of blackberry jam and blackcurrant on the nose. Balanced and full-bodied with a smooth, tight-grained tannin structure. Complex for this style of wine, reminiscent of a great Syrah from Hermitage.
|Origin:||Portugal / Dao|
|Grape variety:||Touriga Nacional|
|Ripening potential:||1 to 6 years|
|Serving temperature:||16 to 18 °C|
|Food pairing suggestion:||Latin American dishes, Crispy roast chicken, Wild specialities, Wild fowl|
|Vinification:||fully destemmed, long must fermentation, fermentation in steel tank|
|Harvest:||hand-picking, strict selection|
|Maturation:||in large wooden barrel/foudre|
|Maturation duration:||10 months|
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.”
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.
Quinta dos Roques
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.