In 2006 our Grande Reserva isa blend of 50% Touriga Nacional, 35% Tinta Roriz and 15% Touriga Franca. The grapes were hand-picked between the 15th and 25th September and fermentation in stainless steel followed at a controlled temperature between 26 and 28ºC.
The wine was then aged for 14 months in new french oak barriques where it attained dark cherry, blackberry and red plum aromas and flavors.
"Vibrant, muscular touriga nacional powers this wine when it's first poured, with the variety's purple, violet-tinged fruit making up half of the blend. The characters of roriz and touriga franca, the other varieties, grow more prominent with air, adding complexity and sunny warmth to the fruit. The tannins are sturdy, more mineral than astringent, the acidity equally potent. All primary at the moment, this needs a few years to mellow. To serve with braised duck."
Wine & Spirits
"Powerful aromas and flavors of dark plum, mineral, hot stone and mocha are all supported by fine-grained tannins and plenty offresh acidity. The long, ripe finish of spice and dark chocolate features plenty of tannins. Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca. Drink now through 2014."
"Dense and powerful, this is an impressively concentrated and intense wine. It brings out rich tannins, equally rich black plum and spice flavors, a layer of smokiness plus a strong slash of mionerality that cuts across the texture. For aging 5-6 years."