Pombal Do Vesuvio Douro 2017

Pombal Do Vesuvio Douro 2017

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Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Amarela

75cl * 13.5% ABV * Douro, Portugal

Founded by the legendary Dona Antónia Adelaide Ferreira, Quinta do Vesuvio is one of the great Douro estates. It has a total area of 326 hectares, of which 133 hectares are planted with vines. The rest has been conserved in its natural state. The property has great variations in altitude, from 130m at the riverside to 530m at the top of the ridge. It has vineyards that face north, south, east and west, providing a remarkable range of conditions. Being so far inland, only 30k from Spain, the Quinta experiences climatic extremes, reaching very high temperatures in summer and very low in winter. It is very dry, with an average of only 400mm of rain falling each year.

Pombal do Vesuvio comes from the terraced vineyards that surround the ancient dovecote, ‘pombal’ in Portuguese, situated at 200 meters in the heart of this beautiful and remote property. These vineyards are primarily planted with Touriga Nacional.   2017 was the second driest year on record in the Douro and the hottest of the last four decades. The dry, mild winter was followed by a hot spring. The outcome of the vintage surpassed all expectations.  The wine is a concentrated, deep red in colour. There's exceptional freshness on the nose and palate, belying the year’s hot, dry conditions. Floral aromas of roses with a hint of vanilla in the background balance with the well integrated oak. Very expressive on the palate with succulent black plum and wild berry flavours. Well-structured with polished tannins that underpin the framework of this very ‘gastronomic’ wine.