The first thing that you appreciate in this Barão da Várzea do Douro, Colheita Douro Tinto is a beautiful depth of colour. On the nose there are bright aromas of wild brambles and elegant spicing. The palate mirrors the nose with ripe brambles and a delicate spice and the attack is completed by the supple yet gripping tannins and a juiciness backed up with lovely fresh acidity.
Open your Portuguese Cookery Book and try Barão da Várzea do Douro, Colheita Douro Tinto with whatever you fancy. We think it is great with a hearty bean and lentil casserole with spicy sausages.
|Grape||Tinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Red Blend|
|Style||Dry, Red, Full Bodied, Complex, Elegant, Black Fruit, Spice, Oak Aged|
About the region and producer
The Lencastre family, a family of aristocratic Portuguese lineage, are the owners of Casa de Vila Nova and have started a new Douro project naming it after Bernardo Lencastre himself - the Barão or Baron of Varzea. The wines are produced from classic Portuguese varieties cultivated near Cambres.. They have owned the land since the 12th century - and their home "Vila Nova" or "New House" which was built in the 1700s surrounds the original ivy clad tower that still remains from the 12th century. Gradual expansion of the property has continued over the centuries of ownership.
Penafiel, a town geographically close to the Vinho Verde wine region in Portugal's north, is the closest town to the estate. In the late 1970s the family planted around 12 hectares of indigenous vines and in 2008 Bernardo Lencastre and his brothers took over the running of the property soon after revitalising the vineyards and using their grapes to make vinho verde, even choosing to bottle their own wines - the first generation to do so. At current estimate they have grown the property to around 42 hectares of vineyards.
There is a strong influence on this Entre-Douro-e-Minho sub-region of Sousa by winds from the Atlantic Ocean - these winds create the perfect climate to ripen varieties such as Avesso, Loureiro and Alvarinho.
Vineyard and Wine Making
The native Portugues red grapes, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Nacional are perfect for the fine schist soils in the vineyards situated to the south of the river near Cambres, in the west of the Douro valley. The ideal terroir is completed by the warm and dry weather. Vine age can have a strong influence on the quality of fruit and some of the vines are over 50 years old. Once fermentation, all done in stainless steel vessels, is complete around 10% of the wine is aged for four months in 2nd year French oak barrels. The final blending and bottling is done after this and then the wine is ready for both the home market and export.
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