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Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015

Harvest 2015
This year’s harvest began even earlier than in previous years, in 31st of July, and the last grapes were harvested in 21st of September. As Quinta dos Vales is a wine estate still expanding, the tendency verified these last years kept for another year as the production increased again: we harvested a total of 190 tons of grapes, which translates into 130 000 L of wine.
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With new projects in the drawing board, news that will only be unveiled in the beginning of next year, we can only say that we will release a very special white wine, using Antão Vaz variety, something completely different from everything that is made in the Algarve; the rosé range will also suffer some changes, as a new rosé of a higher quality will arise, a rosé that will follow the same profile as the 2014 rosés: light, fruity and soft coloured wines. The red range will also include a very unusual wine…but further details only in due time.

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Following the new wines’ evolution, we can already see that the ones which stand out the most are made from the grape varieties Arinto, Antão Vaz, Verdelho and Viognier; this last one fermented in French oak barrels so the structure typically shown by this variety can be highlighted. These will be whites with a lower alcohol level, compared to the wines of previous years, with a pleasant freshness and well-balanced acidity.

The reds which demonstrate a higher potential are made from the following grape varieties: Alicante Bouschet, a relatively new vineyard which already originates a complex wine, Petit Verdot, Touriga Franca and Touriga Nacional. Within a month, all red wines will be transferred to French oak barrels where they will continue their ageing process. Deep colours and exhuberant aromas, combined with a high complexity in flavour tell us that 2015 red wines are in the right track to become great wines!

Some of these wines may be tasted from February of 2016.


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