This wine is the best outcome of Quinta do Monte d'Oiro's terroir. It's the estate's top of the line and consistently a world-class wine, considered by international wine writers as the best Syrah in the Iberian Peninsula. A classic pairing of Syrah with Viognier. The grapes are co-fermented in stainless steel vats, followed by a long maceration. This yields a deep and vibrant wine. Further refinement for 18 months in a combination of 30% new and 70% second year French oak barrels adds structure and character. Finally, the wine spends 15 months in bottle before release onto the market.

Tasting Notes

Characteristic notes of raspberry appear on the nose. The addition of Viognier adds beautiful floral and perfumed notes. In the mouth the wine is complex with velvety tannins. The time spent in new oak barrels is noticable throughout the presence of vanilla and toasty notes.

Food Pairing

This is a wine to pair with roast pork, ham or other smoked meats, as well as rich stews.

Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard name:
The Quinta do Monte d'Oiro vineyard
Vineyard size:
12 acres
Soil composition:
Calcareous Clay-Loam
Training method:
Double-Guyot
Vines/acre:
1,600
Yield/acre:
4.0 tons
Exposure:
Northeastern / Southwestern
Year vineyard planted:
1992-2002
Harvest time:
September-October
First vintage of this wine:
1997
Bottles produced of this wine:
15,000
Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
96% Syrah and 4% Viognier
Fermentation container:
Stainless steel tanks
Length of alcoholic fermentation:
12-14 days
Fermentation temperature:
82-86 °F
Maceration technique:
Racking, Punchdown, and Pumpovers
Length of maceration:
15 days
Type of aging container:
Barriques
Size of aging container:
225 L
Age of aging container:
New-One year
Type of oak:
French: Damy, Seguin Moreau and Taransaud
Length of aging before bottling:
18 months
Length of bottle aging:
18 months

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