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douROSA RED WINE 2017
Traditional port varieties, mainly 52% Touriga Nacional with the remaining amounts other mixed varieties (Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinto Cão).
Dourosa red is an easy drinking wine to be drunk now or within the next five years. It is a versatile wine that can be drunk slightly chilled at (15-16ºC) accompanied with lighter style food or drunk at a higher temperature (18ºC) with heavier dishes. This wine is perfect with Italian cuisine, white meat such as chicken or pork and fish.
The terroir in the Douro is still largely unexplored and by making wines with balance, 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.
Most La Rosa red wines are very full bodied, the douROSA wines are blended to be easy, approachable wines for immediate drinking. 2017, with the high temperatures during the summer, resulted in wines a little more dense and concentrated than normal. Despite this the douROSA red continues to be a wine marked by its harmony and delicacy. Pretty violet colours, red fruit flavours, very fresh and elegant, on the palate seductive, joyous with much fruit and soft young tannins.
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 21stAugust, 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.
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
Fermented in stainless steel vats at low temperatures to retain fruit and freshness. Bottled in September 2018.