The grapes, coming from our property Quinta da Cabreira in the Douro Superior sub-region, were taken to the winery in plastic boxes and rigorously inspected on a sorting table on arrival. The grapes were then completely de-stemmed and slightly crushed. After this, the must was transferred to
temperature-controlled stainless steel vats. The wine
was aged for12 months in French oak barrels.
"The Roquette family’s historic quinta is located on the north bank of the Douro, downriver from Pinhão. This wine comes from a property far upriver, in the Douro Superior. Quinta da Cabreira is near the border with Spain, where the Roquettes farm a block of mixed old vines and plan to plant a total of 282 acres. The exceptional 2011 vintage at this estate includes tourigas nacional and franca, tinta roriz, a little sousão and a small contribution from the old vines, a wine that reminded one of our tasters of a Rostaing Côte-Rôtie, for its floral notes and the interplay of red and black fruit. While saturated with clean, plummy fruit, satisfyingly rich, this remains elegant, a balanced line drive of flavor that continues long after each taste."
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