Prats & Symington Douro Chryseia Post Scriptum 2012
The most noticeable aspect of the 2011/2012 viticultural year was the lack of water (2012 was the second driest year in the Douro since 1967). An unusually cold winter, the coldest in over a decade, was followed by an erratic spring whose unpredictable conditions lead to poor fruit and, in turn, to a much smaller crop. Lower than average summer temperatures mitigated the effects of the drought, and because there were fewer bunches on the vines, the grape ripening progressed very satisfactorily enabling us to produce some very fine wines.
Harvest at Quinta de Roriz between September 12th and October 8th and at Quinta da Perdiz from September 27th to October 9th.
Touriga Franca – 53% Touriga Nacional – 45% Others – 2%
Manual triage is undertaken on a sorting table after which the grapes are de-stemmed before passing through a second berry-by-berry mechanical selection, prior to being gently crushed. The grapes are then relayed to the fermentation vats, and once in the vats they are
inoculated with a specially selected yeast culture and fermentation taking place around 25ºC. Maceration is very gentle and adjusted in such a way as to produce a wine intended for earlier drinking, nevertheless, with a great ability to mature in bottle.
Ageing- 13 months in French oak barrels of 400 L.
Coopers- TSO, Boutes François-Frères, Taransaud.
Bottling- Concluded on the 16th of April, 2014.
Total Production- 4,920 cases of 12 x 75cl (9L) and 369 Magnums.
Alcohol: 13.3% vol.
Volatile acidity: 0.58 g/l (acetic acid)
Total acidity: 5.1 g/l (tartaric acid)
Reducing sugars: 2.4 g/l
Colour intensity: 1.2
Consumption- Ready for drinking now, although it has the ageing potential to develop further in bottle for a few more years.
Winemakers- Bruno Prats, Charles Symington assisted by Pedro Correia & Luis Coelho
Tasting Notes- Lovely floral bouquet revealing typical Touriga Franca fragrance of esteva (rockrose) and a suggestion of eucalyptus. Rich and full on the palate denoting great structure. Ripples of deep dark fruit flavours (black cherries, plum) underpinned by good acidity. Drinking beautifully but will benefit from a couple of years of bottle age
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