Quinta do Cardo Touriga Nacional Reserva 2014 Red
The vineyards are located at an average altitude of 750 meters, in the middle of the Iberian plateau, sheltered by a chain of mountains (Marofa and Castelo Rodrigo mountains). The soils are of a granitic nature, with a schist component . The continental climate combines cold winters with hot, dry summers, with daily temperature fluctuations up to 20 ° C . This combination of factors results in wines with great aromatic exuberance and plenty of freshness.
2014 VINTAGE REPORT
Winter in Beira Interior was harsh, long and with a fairly high rainfall. Springtime was almost non-existent and summer was quite hot. At the end of the season, the grapes showed up in excellent health and maturation status. In September the lack of rain and excess heat provided the ideal conditions for harvest, which started on September 7 (earlier than usual).
The grapes were hand picked to 12 kg boxes, and endured a careful selection. After total de-stemming, a 5 day pre-fermentation maceration of whole grapes was done. Fermentation took place in stainless steel vats, at a controlled temperature of 24-26 ° C with 2 daily "delestage". The malolactic fermentation occurred in stainless steel vats, and before springtime the wines were transferred to French oak barrels. These batches aged in barrels (50% new) for 20 months. The final blend was made after a qualitative selection, guided by several tastes.
Total Acidity 5,3 g/l
Sugar 1,1 g/l
|Quinta do Cardo|
|Quinta do Cardo|
|Luís Leocádio, Frederico Vilar Gomes|
|With deep ruby colour, it shows a structured and elegant profile.|
|The aroma is complex, with notes of violet, dark chocolate and resin.|
|In the mouth it is dense with firm tannins, its lively acidity adding freshness and longevity.|
|The perfect harmony for roasts, elaborate meat dishes and intensely flavoured cheeses. Serve between 16-18°C.|