CHÃO DAS ROLAS, Red Wine 2013
Producer: Herdade da Comporta
Classification: Vinho Regional
Region: Península de Setúbal
Winemaker: Eng. Francisco Pimenta
Location: Herdade da Comporta/Portugal. Just a short distance from the Atlantic Ocean, our vines of 35 hectares (26 hectares of red grapes and 9 hectares of white grapes), enjoy a mild coastal climate, which makes for balanced ripening. The vineyard lies in a valley running from east to west, with good sun exposure and surrounded by umbrella pines, which protect it from the strong summer winds. The soil and weather conditions promote excellent vine health, resulting in sound, high-quality grapes grown by the ‘integrated production’ method.
Aroma: Intensely fruity.
Tasting Note: Firm but silky, and with gentle acidity on the finish.
Grape Varieties: Aragonez 35%, Alicante Bouschet 35%, Syrah 10%, Trincadeira 10%, Castelão 10%
Alcohol Content: 13%
Volatile Acidity: 0.63 g/l (acetic acid)
Total Acidity: 4.98 g/l (tartaric acid)
Residual Sugar: 2.5 g/l
Dry Extract: 27.4 g/l
Bottled: April 2014
Number of Bottles: 150,000
Food Pairing Suggestions: This wine goes well with a lot of different meats, fish and pasta dishes.
Ideal Drinking Temperature: Between 16oC and 18oC
The Vineyard Year: The summer of 2013 was warmer than average. For the three months from June to August, temperatures averaged around 22oC. Rainfall was lower than normal; it was an extremely dry summer. September was hot and dry, except for the last five days when 60 mm of rain was registered. The average air temperature was 22oC, with maximum temperature exceeding 30oC on many days. October was also warmer than normal, but at the same time was a rainy month, with around 170 mm of rainfall.
Winemaking: The grapes were harvested by machine at night. The wine was fermented in lagars (shallow, open vats) of 9,000 kg capacity, and a little press wine was added. The wine was chill filtered.