Chasing Harvest Douro Vinho Tinto 2010

Blended Red from Portugal
Review Date : 30-May-2014
Mixed old vine indigenous fruit from ‘Vinha Velha’ sections of the ‘Quinta da Costa’ estate, the vineyards approx. 100 y.o., along with selected Touriga Nacional, Touriga Francessa and Tinto Roriz fruit. Cool-fermented with indigenous yeasts to 13.5% alc., the wine aged 12 months in French oak. 225 cases made. Very dark, deep, black-red colour, near impenetrable, with lighter purple hues on edge. This has a firm, tightly held bouquet of black fruits integrated with iron-earth and mineral notes and a hint of tar. With aeration, dark red florals and a fragrant lift emerge and bloom. Medium-full bodied, the palate is elegantly proportioned, with a finely concentrated heart of ripe black berry and dark plum fruit flavours. The palate has a subtle sweetness and richness and freshness with soft acidity in support. Mineral and earth notes unfold revealing fine-grained powdery tannins and refined chalky textures, that build in density, carrying the wine to a concentrated and firm finish. This is an elegantly concentrated Douro red with fine structure. Match with roast lamb, beef and venison or serve with hard cheeses over the next 5-6+ years. 17.5+/20 May 2014 RRP $25.00

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