Viticulture and Climate: The observed precipitation during the winter was slightly above normal, highlighting the contribution of December. In spring the values were below average. From late spring until early autumn, the weather was dry, but there was occasional but opportune rain in August and September. The air temperature values, in April and May, were far above average. Were recorded three heat waves, one in April and two in May. The summer was cooler; however there were few days of great heat. In this context the ripening conditions were good, with 10 to 15 days of season advance. Across the region there were favorable conditions for the development of some vineyard diseases, including powdery mildew, downy mildew, which had no impact on the estate, due of rigorous work and eco-friendly cultural practices. The manual harvest started on September 23rd 2011, ensuring the exclusion of any bunch that didn’t have the required quality.
Production per Hectare:
Tinta Roriz: 6.500 Kg/ha
Touriga Nacional: 4.950 Kg/ha
Fermentation and Aging: The winemaking was conducted in stainless steel vats at low temperatures with 1 day of grape skin contact. The malolactic fermentation was performed. The final product has a composition of 50% Touriga Nacional and 50% Tinta Roriz.