Ribeiro Santo Vinha da Neve 2012 Red
The Demarcated Region is one of the oldest Wine Regions of Portugal, dating back to 1908. Located in the center of Portugal, in the mountainous region ranging from 400 to 700m above sea level, has as a reference point the Serra da Estrela, the most High continental Portugal. Its name comes from the river that crosses the river Dão.
The characteristics of the wines are strongly marked by granitic terrain and the fact that the vineyards meet inserted in forests of pine and eucalyptus.
This wine is from a single vineyard of approximately 1ha with a prime location in front of the central massif of the Serra da Estrela. The vineyard sees snow during the winter period more stringent hence its name. The vineyard follows the traditional vine varieties and was planted in a poor granitic, with large rocky outcrops. The entire vineyard is in integrated production system emphasizing quality and the environment.
The harvest took place in the third week of September. The grapes were harvested by hand, in small boxes of 18 kg, according to a careful selection of the best grapes in the vineyard, followed by a second choice to the winery entrance. The grapes were fully destemmed for a small granite mill, where two days macerated at low temperature, before starting alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts under controlled temperature. Fermentation lasted about three weeks, with light homogenization by treading. Finished fermentation, was decanted into new French oak barrels where it remained for 12 months. After bottling, before leaving for the market matures a minimum of 6 months in cool basement.
Complex aroma with dark fruit notes and aromas of forest flowers, mineral and spicy. The palate is textured with well marked, powerful noble tannins and a well integrated acidity and a very long finish.
Total acidity 5,7 g/L
Total sugars 1,8 g/L
Stage 12 months in French oak barrels
|Magnum Carlos Lucas|
|Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinto Cão|
|REVISTA DE VINHOS – 17,5 PTS, Melhores de Portugal 2015|