Vin - Rouge
Quinta de la Rosa - La Rosa - 2016
Portugal - Douro - Pinhão
CETTE ROSE DU NORD EST GORGÉE DE FRUITS MÛRS ET DE DÉLICATES ÉPICES
Cher Journal... Le Portugal regorge de merveilleux produits. Cette rose du nord est gorgée de fruits mûrs et de délicates épices. Je pense qu'elle aurait pu s'épanouir encore durant quelques années dans la fraîcheur humide de mon cellier. Il y a de ces fleurs qui sont si merveilleuses que vous ne pouvez vous empêcher de les cueillir immédiatement. Miam!
MOT DU PRODUCTEUR...
Like most of Europe, we had a very wet, cool spring and early summer. The water table was replenished and plenty of terrace walls fell down (some onto the road to Pinhão). Flowering was delayed and we had to keep on top of any possible attacks of mildew. A wet start of the year was followed by a hot, dry summer. There was little wind, unusual for us as normally the wind gets up in the afternoons. No thunderstorms and no rain until 12/13th September. The vineyard held up surprisingly well helped by the rain in the spring. Only the younger vines with less well developed root systems suffered more. The cooler, wetter spring meant that everything was delayed by at least two weeks so that we only started picking in earnest on Wednesday 21st September with the Touriga Nacional from Vinha Grande. Warm days (25C) but cool nights made ideal vintaging conditions. Jorge had to be careful where to pick as there was some uneven ripening in the vineyard. Being small and focused we were able to pick section by section. As there was plenty of colour and structure from the grapes, we were careful not to extract too much. We finally finished picking Monday 10th October (relatively late) and were lucky as we had uninterrupted sun throughout and no rain.