Wine Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2003
Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2003 is a wine made from grapes of the varieties Touriga Nacional (60%), Touriga Franca (15%) and Tinta Roriz (25%).
GRAPE GROWING AND WINEMAKING
Vines are planted in Douro’s traditional terraces (socalcos and patamares). The hand-harvested grapes come from old vines located in the subregions of Cima Corgo and Douro Superior. All the grapes of Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2003 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 Susana Esteban (Quinta do Crasto).
18 months in French oak barrels (60 % new barrels and 40% of one year old barrels).
April of 2005.
Colour: a gorgeous garnet-red colour with shiny hues.
Nose: intense and reveals elegant red fruit aromas.
Palate: an explosion of savours typical of sunny wines, with fleshy, silky and nice tannins. Xisto – Roquette & Cazes 2003 can be defined by lots of harmony, elegance and great ageing potencial.