© Quinta de la rosa 2013
Late Bottled Vintage 2013
Late Bottled Vintage 2013
90 points - Wine Enthusiast - Jan 2018
Traditional port varieties, mainly Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Sousão and Tinta Roriz from La Rosa’s A graded vineyards.
This Port has not been filtered and might throw a light sediment but should not require decanting. Delicious with dessert, especially chocolate, cheese or on its own.
All our ports are made in the ‘house style’ namely slightly drier without any cloying sweetness that can be associated with some other ports. We also work hard making sure the brandy is well integrated. As with our wines, we search for harmony and equilibrium from our vineyards and 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 and tannin.
Aromas of mature fruit, violets and spices characterise this vibrant LBV. An exceptionally complex wine - rich but in great harmony, full of life and very long.
The port gives immense pleasure for immediate drinking. Please make sure the bottle isn’t kept in direct sunlight otherwise it might oxidise.
Good winter rains made up for the previous dry year replenishing the vineyards and resulting in a few fallen walls notably on the road to Casa Amarela. Bud break was fine. Like much of the rest of Europe everything was a little late and, despite some bursts of extreme heat, the vineyard never quite caught up.
The summer was hot and beautiful and we hoped that the little rain we had at the end of August might spur the grapes to ripen but they took their time and we ended up picking at least 10 days later than in recent years. The weather was perfect until 27th September by which time we had picked all the white. So that when torrential rain finally arrived the white grapes were already in. Even so, Jorge said the quality of wine made before the rain was similar to after.
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
Our LBVs are matured in large wooden casks called “tonels” in our own lodge for 4-6 years until ready for bottling. This LBV was bottled in April 2017. Unlike most port shippers, all products are stored and bottled in the Douro (at La Rosa and not Porto), allowing full traceability and ensuring quality from grape to bottle.