VINHAS DA COMPORTA, 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: Elegant and lasting with mingling notes of fruit with elements of wood ageing.
Tasting Note: Silky, full and fresh with a long and harmonious finish.
Grape Varieties: Aragonez 60%, Trincadeira 40%
Alcohol Content: 13.5%
Volatile Acidity: 0.57 g/l (acetic acid)
Total Acidity: 5.20 g/l (tartaric acid)
Residual Sugar: 2.6 g/l
Dry Extract: 29.7 g/l
Bottled: Abril 2014
Number of Bottles: 40,000
Food Pairing Suggestions: Red meats with low seasoning and cod fish 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: We combined our best Aragonez and Trincadeira. The wine was fermented in lagars (shallow, open vats) of 9,000 kg capacity, and partially staged in wood barrels for 3 months.