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VINTAGE PORT 2017
95 points Wine Advocate - July 2019
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca with some Sousão from the older dry stone terraced vineyards at La Rosa.
The Vintage will age well for many decades but can be appreciated when young. Drink as a digestif with cheese, chocolates or on its own. Remember to decant the port after it has thrown a deposit. This will happen after it has been in bottle a few years.
The exceptional climatic conditions in 2017 resulted in a very rapid and precocious vintage. It was a year when the harvest started and finished earlier than ever before in the Douro. Our grapes managed to cope with the incredible summer heat and were transformed into wonderfully sweet, perfumed fruit.
The Quinta de la Rosa Vintage 2017 is a wine with enormous concentration where you can immediately appreciate its deep violet colour and its great aromatic intensity. Very complex, its aromas and flavours are dominated by a dark berry fruit and exuberance with floral elements and on the palate a dense intensity of flavours without losing any of its energy and freshness. Well structured like any great declared Vintage port that will guarantee its evolution and development over many decades but, at the same time, it is so seductive and full bodied that it is difficult to resist from drinking it immediately.
It was a dry, hot year and forest fires ravaged the countryside as everything was dry as a tinderbox. We started picking the hotter parts of Vale do Inferno incredibly early – 21st August. A cooler spell during the harvest helped and had a positive influence at La Rosa and the wines we made a little later were also of excellent quality. 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.
It was a year when everything was ready to be picked at the same time. The last of the grapes were picked from the Fausto vineyard, high up by Lamelas on Monday 18th September, 3 days before we started the vintage in 2016! Once again it was a harvest where Jorge had to be careful of what to pick when and being a smaller, more flexible producer paid off. We were all surprisingly pleased with the overall quality of the ports and could immediately see their incredible potential.
QUALITY & 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 port was trodden by foot in granite lagares for three to four days with temperature control. The more complex lotes of 2017 were kept for 18 months in wooden oak 25 pipe tonels before being blended. The port was bottled in May 2019.