Aromas redolent of cassis, liquorice and brambly, blackberry fruit, as well as appealing dark chocolate notes. Vesuvio’s signature thyme fragrance is also present. On the palate, the seductive, supple texture is sheer pleasure with delicious black fruit flavors, dark chocolate and a touch of mocha. Extraordinary freshness from the fine acidity underpins remarkable balance and impressive structure.
Quinta do Vesuvio, Douro Superior
Although 2018 started off very dry, with the soils parched by the previous year’s rainfall deficit, the spring heralded abundant rain with the months between March and June all recording above-average precipitation. Soil water reserves were amply replenished, a good position to be in for the vines’ growing and ripening cycles. The wet, cool spring and generally unsettled atmospheric conditions continued into the summer and resulted in a diminishing of the crop size. Inevitably, the growth cycle of the vine was delayed by a few weeks, but a hot and dry August put maturations back on track. Climatic conditions in early September favored balanced ripening of the berries with good levels of acidity that are reflected in the wine’s balance. Yields were very low, but that favored the high quality that the wines reveal.
Charles Symington and Pedro Correia, assisted by the Symington DOC Douro winemaking team.
50%Touriga Franca 45%Touriga Nacional 5%Tinta Amarela
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