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Medeiros Reserve Red 2011

Viticulture

Climate: Continental-Mediterranean, characterized by a low-rainfall, semi-arid growing season and high daytime temperatures. Good summer and pre-harvest thermal amplitude.
Soil characteristics: Magnesian sedimentary loam soils, ranging from sandy-loam to clay-loam with marked horizons. Many areas comprise soils with laminar clay-schist-like   characteristics. Whilst very low in organic matter, the acidic, or slightly acid soils have average fertility and a high water retention capacity.
Vineyard Area: 31 hectares
Grape Varieties: Aragonez, Touriga Nacional, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon
Relief and Row orientation: Lightly undulating, predominantly WSW – ENE rows
Planting Density: 2.8m x 1.2m
Vine Training: Unilateral cordon
Irrigation: Irrigated as per stringently controlled requirements and in accordance with quality parameters. Cultural practices are strictly adapted to each variety and plot, with the aim of producing of the best quality fruit. Each plant is individually inspected to ensure that production does not exceed a specified limit per plant. At harvest time, the crop is carefully selected and transported in small 25 Kg trays to the winery.



Winemaking

Process: Grapes are hand-picked; Musts are cold-soaked for up to 2 days prior to fermentation; Inoculation with selected yeasts; Prolonged fermentation and maceration in stainless steel tanks.
Ageing: Aged 18 months in new French oak barriques.



Tasting notes

Colour: Mature red colour.
Aroma: Complex bouquet of ripe fruits, well integrated with wood.
Palate: Full bodied and concentrated, with rich fruits flavour, finish tasty long and persistent. Wine structure will allow a good bottle evolution.
Gastronomy: Very concentrated and serious wine that will go fantastically well with beef, any type of roast, game or Mediterranean dishes.
Serving: Best when decanted and served at 18ºC/64ºF.
Winemaker: Tiago Carvalho

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