Reserva 2012

This wine is the best outcome of Quinta do Monte d'Oiro's terroir. It's the estate's top of the line and consistently a world-class wine, considered by international wine writers as the best Syrah in the Iberian Peninsula. A classic pairing of Syrah with Viognier. The grapes are co-fermented in stainless steel vats, followed by a long maceration. This yields a deep and vibrant wine. Further refinement for 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% second year French oak barrels adds structure and character. Finally, the wine spends 15 months in bottle before release onto the market.

Tasting Notes

Characteristic notes of raspberry appear on the nose. The addition of Viognier adds beautiful floral and perfumed notes. In the mouth the wine is complex with velvety tannins. The time spent in new oak barrels is noticable throughout the presence of vanilla and toasty notes.

Food Pairing

This is a wine to pair with roast pork, ham or other smoked meats, as well as rich stews.

Production Info
Vineyard name
The Quinta do Monte d'Oiro vineyard
Vineyard size
12 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method
Double-Guyot
Vines/acre
1,600
Yield/acre
4 tons
Exposure
Northeastern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted
1992-2002
Harvest time
September-October
First vintage of this wine
1997
Bottles produced of this wine
15,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition
96% Syrah and 4% Viognier
Fermentation container
Stainless steel tanks
Age of Aging Container
New-One year
Length of alcoholic fermentation
12-14 days
Fermentation temperature
82-86 °F
Maceration technique
Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Maceration length
15
Type of aging container
Barriques
Length of bottle aging
18 months
Size of aging container
225 L
Type of oak
French: Damy, Seguin Moreau and Taransaud
Length of aging before bottling
18 months

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