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 periodically trodden by foot in the granite lagares until the sugar contents of the must reaches the required level. This process lasts for three days. The must is then racked to the storage vats and wine brandy is added to stop the fermentation. A strict selection of the best wines resulted in a final lot of 8.580 bottles. The bottling took place in May/2009.
The water reserves in the soil were replenished by a rainy 2006 autumn, followed by a dry winter. Rain came back in mid-spring and on the 27th may our meteorological station at Vale Meão registered a record rainfall of 50 mm. Even in June we had some unseasonable wet days, forcing us to frequent anti-mildew treatments. But these rather worrisome conditions were counter-balanced by a dry and rather mild summer, with maximum temperatures never going above 37º C . As a consequence the maturation of the grapes was perfect. We started picking Tinta Barroca and Tinta Amarela on the 6th September, followed by Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Tinto Cão.
Weather conditions remained dry up to the end of the Vintage, enabling us to produce remarkably dark and concentrated wines, with excellent acidity and firm, but ripe tannin structure.