Units in box: 6 x 0.75 l | 1 x 1.5 l
Region: Porto and Douro
Producer: Quinta do Vale Meão
After being crushed the grapes are cooled down and trodden by foot during four hours in the granite lagares and then transferred to small stainless steel refrigerated vinifying vats. Each variety is vinified separately. When the alcoholic fermentation ends the wine goes through malolactic fermentation part in barriques and part in stainless steel vats.
Contrary to the previous year, 2009 was quite dry, with a deficit to the average rainfall of the region of about 50%. Therefore, the water levels on the soil were below the plant’s needs consistently throughout the year. This situation contributed to the lack of vigor in the plants, and to an expected decrease in production. During the final days of maturation, late August, the climate situation became even more difficult with the extremely high temperatures occurring during daytime always above 37 ºC. All these factors lead us to start harvesting sooner than ever, on the 21st of August 2009 with the variety Tinta Barroca. Then we harvested Tinta Amarela, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Sousão, and ended in mid-September with the variety Tinto Cão. In 2009 we made the first harvest, with a very low yield, of the new vineyards planted in 2007, and it was very interesting to discover their high quality potential. Years with these characteristics allow us to produce wines with strong and dark color, with a fantastic volume in mid palate and pronounced fruit aromas. Very well balanced acidity and underlying freshness are also present in our 2009 wines.