LA ROSA RESERVE RED

LA ROSA RESERVE RED 2017

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92/94 pts Wine Advocate, September 2019.
 

GRAPE VARIETIES

Traditional port varieties, mainly 60% Touriga Nacional with the rest (40%) being mixed field planted vines from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa. 
 

SERVING SUGGESTIONS

The wine would be best served with red meats and more powerful dishes. It also goes well with cheese, especially the Serra cheese found in Portugal.  It is a wine that can be drunk now or aged for up to 10 years.
 

TASTING NOTES

The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with, harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards, we try to enable the grapes to express themselves in the bottle.  The La Rosa style is to make well defined wines without too much extraction, tannin or oak.  Wines that are rich and full bodied whilst being fresh and lively with a good acidity and minerality.
 
Mature black fruit, yet fresh, aromas.  Floral notes with a seductive liquor and chocolate finish.  Very rich, complex and full on the palate with rich flavours but always elegant.  Succulent tannins contribute to a very long and delicious finish.

 

PRODUCTION NOTES

It was a dry, hot year for much of Europe and the same for Portugal.  Forest fires ravaged the countryside as everything was dry as a tinderbox.  South facing, lower altitude vineyards suffered the most.  Summer temperatures hovered at around 40C+ and there were initial signs of water stress and some dehydration.  It didn’t rain from June until spring 2018.  These high temperatures and drought conditions would be impossible for many other wine regions of the world but were optimal for our vines that have adapted and are used to these extremes.
 
2017 was one of the earliest vintages of all time. At La Rosa we started picking the hotter parts of Vale do Inferno on 21st August, leaving the rest for later on.  Marginally fresher weather mid August helped maturation giving the grapes better aromas and more complex flavours. Generally those vineyards that were able to cope with the dryness and heat were picked later.  These tended to be our older vines, preferably Touriga Nacional, higher altitudes and north facing. Alcohol levels tended to be higher and acidities lower than normal but there was very little evidence of over maturity and any resulting jammy flavours. 
We were very pleased with the overall quality and it is a fully declared vintage port year in the Douro region.

 

QUALITY AND ENVIRONMENT

We practice a sustainable agricultural regime being part of ADVID & SATIVA.  We don’t use genetically modified organisms nor do we use animal products so vegetarians can drink our wines.  We recycle where possible and are HACCP & BRC rated.
 

MATURATION AND BOTTLING

The wine was first trodden by foot in granite lagares and then fermented in small stainless steel vats and matured in Allier French oak casks, mainly Francois Freres, Taransaud and Seguin Moreau, before being bottled in August 2019. We have 37,5cl, 75cl, magnums and larger formats available.

 

Ageing: 
Now-10 years+
Production: 
8,000 litres
Alcohol: 
14.6%
Total Acidity:
5.2 g/dm3
Volatile Acidity:
0.79 g/dm3
Ph: 
3.69
SO2:
86 mg/dm3
Residual sugars:
0.6 g/dm3