Quinta da Romaneira Touriga Nacional 2017


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The Taste

Quinta da Romaneira continues to go from strength to strength under the stewardship of Christian Seely and the 2017 Touriga Nacional is another cracker. Fragrant cherry, violets and dark chocolate on the nose, in the mouth it is rich and concentrated with silky black fruits, that floral back note and then chocolate and a hint of underbrush.

The Corky Verdict

Amy – Rich chocolate, black fruit and velvety tannins. Seriously impressive.

Sam – Gorgeous essence of the Douro here, with just a little oak coming through. Rich and concentrated with explosive black fruit and dark chocolate in abundance (reminds me of a black forrest gateau).

The Facts

  • Red
  • Pairs with: Red MeatPastaCheese
  • Year: 2017
  • Category: Full bodied
  • Location: Portugal, Douro
  • Type: Touriga Nacional
  • Percentage: 13.5% ABV
  • Fermentation: Fermented in stainless steel, then aged in French oak barrels for 14 months.

The Producer

Whilst an old estate with a consequentially long history, Quinta da Romaneira only really becomes of note when, in 2004, new purchasers of the estate placed it under the management of Christian Seely and Antonio Agrellos who had worked such wonders at Quinta do Noval. Since then the vineyards have been overhauled, the best old vines have been retained in tandem with a replanting programme for the rest of the vineyard. A brand new winery has been constructed, two-thirds of it underground allowing Romaneira to have a proper cool wine cellar in the heart of the Douro valley.

85ha of vineyard, stretching some 3km along the River Douro are planted with both traditional Douro grapes and some plantings of international varieties.

Of course, this being the Douro valley, Quinta da Romaneira produce some very high quality Ports, but the forward focus of the estate is to realise the potential for table wine. In the words of Christian Seely, “our challenge has been, and remains, to find ways to vinify unfortified wines from the Douro that can take their rightful place among the great wines of the world, alongside the other great classic regions such as Bordeaux, Burgundy or the Rhone Valley.”