Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2011
Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2011 is a wine made from grapes of the varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, along with other local varieties from very old vines.
GRAPE GROWING AND WINEMAKING
Vines are planted in Douro´s traditional terraces (socalcos and patamares). The hand-harvested grapes of Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2011 come from old vines located in the subregions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. All the grapes of Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2011 are destemed and crushed. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel conic vats. Several delestages are applied during the long maceration period. Delestage is a French extraction technique which means that the juice is drained from the fermenting vat leaving the cap behind. The fermenting juice is then pumped back over the cap, maximising the skin contact. This is a very extractive technique but, at the same time, it maintains the elegance of the wine.
Daniel Llose (Château Lynch-Bages) and Manuel Lobo (Quinta do Crasto)
20 months in new French oak barrels.
September 2013 – 2,760 bottles (0.75 L)
Colour: opaque in the centre with narrow purple/bluish rim.
Nose: very fresh black fruits with hints of spices, light charred wood with other excellent oak aromas.
Palate: full-bodied with juicy ripe flavours of black fruits and violets. Silky tannins but very firms. Very long lingering finish of great elegance.
Decant before serving. Serving Temperature: 16 ºC.
Perfect matches: red meat, gamey and seasoned dishes. It is also a good match for traditional Italian dishes. 2011-2025