Chronicle 2012 Red
Chronicle 2012 is a Douro Superior wine, made from grapes from our Cornalheira, Vila Nova de Foz Côa property. The vines are located at an altitude ranging from 350 to 400 meters in schist soil, dominated by Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca, on old vines. Conceived and produced to be drank young, we believe it has a good aging potential. Freshness and concentration are balanced, resulting in a very elegant and extremely appealing wine.
2012 was drier and cooler than average, the fresh Spring conditioned the vines vegetative growth. With temperatures remaining balanced, with few exceptions, vines kept a low vigor and ripening occurred in a balanced way. The harvest took place on the last week of September, with sunny weather, with small bunches and berries having a very healthy condition.
After total de-stemming, fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with controlled temperature (24 °), having been produced 5000 liters. 12 months ageing took place on new 500 liters French oak barrels (40%) and stainless steel vats (60%). Bottling was carried out in May 2014 (6500 bottles).
The wine has a ruby, bright color. The nose is alive with notes of red fruit. It's very fresh, elegant, medium concentration, fine and silky tannins, has a long and very fresh finish. We recommend a service temperature of 17 °.
Producer | Amilcar R. Lopes
Region | Douro, Vila Nova de Foz Côa
Vineyards | Cornalheira Altitue |350-400 mts
Grapes | Touriga Nacional(70%), Touriga Franca (25% )and Tinta Roriz (5%)
Enology | Pedro Hipólito
Fermentation | Stainless steal vats
Ageing | French Oak (40%) Stainless steal (60%)
Alcohol | 13,7% PH | 3,62 Total acidity | 5,1 Volatile acidity | 0,42
Bottling | May, 2014 / 6500 bottles