Riso Reserve Red 2011

Bottling the first Reserve is a symbolic moment of this journey we started in 2006 and aims to produce great wines.
It is symbolic because it will be the first full expression of terroir interpretation of the Herdade do Vau essence.
But this journey has just begun…

M. de Sousa Otto, March 2013

Região: Alentejo/ Quintos
Classificação: Vinho Regional Alentejano Tinto Reserva 2011
Harvest year: 2011

Wine year 

The year 2011 was dryer in comparison with previous years, but with enough rainfall to ensure a proper grape development. The hot and dry weather in the months of March and April, followed by high temperatures in April and May, combined with relatively high levels of precipitation, generated an early budding process and anticipated flowering by about 2 weeks. These climatic conditions led to an early harvest, which however provided wines with very good quality and great complexity.

Grape varieties: Touriga Nacional (80%) and Sousão.

Vinification and maturing process:

Following gentle crushing and destemming, the grapes are placed into stainless steel vats undergoing o process of fermentation. During this time, delicate extraction is carried out by means of an existing maceration system, reassembling by pump with temperature control. Finally, after prolonged maceration and, one by one according to the harvest quality and wine varieties, the wine is placed in vats, its pulp is pressed and the wine coming from this pulp is also placed in the vats with the other wine. Then the wine matures in French oak barrels for 14 months after which, it proceeds to get bottled.


Wine analysis

Alc./ vol = 14%;
Total acidity = 5,4 g/l;
PH = 3,59
Production: 1.385 bottles of 0,75l 100 bottles of 1,5L
Bottled: 20 March 2013

Tasting Notes

Colour: The wine is red ruby in color and with good depth.
Aroma: Discreet aroma that stands out by its elegance and complexity, bringing out hints of dark fruit, balsamic to cedar and tobacco box, ever so floral a truffle spice and sous-bois.
Palate: In the month it has good acidity, which is integrated very well, firm tannins and of good quality, red fruit aromas and spices, with the prominence of pepper and a long and harmonious aftertaste.
Wine-matching: A very gastronomic wine owing to its acidity and elegance, excellent to accompany lamb stew or hare bean stew.

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