Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2013
Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2013 is a wine made from grapes of the varieties Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz along with other local varieties from Old Vines.
GRAPE GROWING AND WINEMAKING
Vines are planted in Douro’s traditional “Patamares” (terraces) and “socalcos” (terraces supported by stone walls). The hand-harvested grapes of Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2013 come from old vines located in the subregions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. All the grapes of Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2012 are destemmed and crushed. Fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled stainless steel conic vats. Rack and return is performed during fermentation. This French technique 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. The result is a concentrated, complex wine that is also elegant and stylish.
Daniel Llose (Château Lynch-Bages) and Manuel Lobo (Quinta do Crasto).
20 months in French oak barrels.
Colour: Opaque, with a narrow purple/bluish rim.
Aroma: Very fresh and complex on the nose, displaying delicate floral aromas, wild berry fruit and fresh spicy notes.
Palate: Elegant beginning that leads way to a solid backbone of silk-textured tannins beautifully combined with wild berry notes. This is an elegant, broad wine, with a fresh and lingering finish.
Decant before serving. Serving Temperature: 16 ºC.
Perfect matches: red meat, gamey and seasoned dishes.