martes, 21 de agosto de 2012

Duorum - Quinta de Castelo Melhor (D.O. Douro, D.O. Porto)


- Winery Overview: The name Duorum, which is Latin for “from two,” captures the spirit of this famed Portuguese winery, which was founded in 2007 by João Portugal Ramos and José Soares Franco, two of Portugal’s most renowned oenologists. Longtime friends and admirers of each other’s work, they sought to pool their combined 60 years of winemaking experience and create a wine together. Today, Duorum is widely recognized as a gold standard for Portuguese wines.

- Location of Vineyard: Duorum has vineyards in the Douro’s mountainous, schistose Cima Corga, and its arid Douro Superior. The microclimates and terroir in these subregions are quite different, which brings together grapes of varied characteristics. This unique blend creates a layered, complex wine.

- Winemaking Process: Duroum is founded on the principle of celebrating the Douro region’s unique terroir and winemaking heritage. Only native Portuguese grape varieties are planted in the hard, schistose soil of the Duorum vineyards. The mountains in the area are so steep that vines are planted in terraces overlooking the winding Douro River far below. The landscape is made even more breathtaking by the abundance of native olive trees and indigenous wildlife, such as the endangered Bonelli’s Eagle. A deeply felt ethic of sustainability and stewardship toward the land drives Duorum. Their use of native flora and the character it adds to their wine has placed them in high regard. In fact, in 2012 Duorum received the European Union’s Business & Biodiversity award for its outstanding achievements in halting biodiversity loss and supporting natural ecosystems.

Internationally acclaimed oenologists João Portugal Ramos and José Soares Franco graduated from El Instituto Superior de Agronomia (Higher Institute of Agronomy) in 1977 with degrees in agronomy. Both gentlemen received work placements at the National Winegrowing Station at Dois Portos from 1977 to 1978. In the 30 years that followed, João and José have left an indelible mark on the industry, both domestically and internationally. With more than three generations of winemaking history between their families, they chose to combine their superior skills and passion for winemaking and founded Duorum in 2007.


Tons de Duorum is inspired by the bright colors that result from the reflection of the sun on the Duoro River, creating different tones in the vineyards. This wine expresses the terroir of the fantastic Douro Region, the result of a unique interaction between nature and human effort. Tons means color nuance, on the other hand, tons in English expresses the importance and strength of this wine in the Duorum project.

Tons de Duorum White:
- Made from 30% Viosinho, 30% Rabigato, 20% Verdelho, and 20% Arinto grapes.
- Tasting Notes: Tons de Duorum has a sunny lemon yellow color and an intense aroma dominated by tropical and citrus fruits. Additionally containing crystallized fruit notes, with floral and miner
- Food Pairing: Pair with sushi, ceviche, shellfish, cioppino, and grilled poultry.

Tons de Duorum Red
- Made from a blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz sourced from the Castelo Melhor and Costodio vineyards.
- Tasting Notes: The Tons is ruby red in color with violet tones. The nose is dominated by aromas of strawbereies, raspberries, blackberries and prunes, which blend beautifully with secondary aromas from aging in barrel, such as spices and nuts. Well-balanced acidity, soft and ripe tannins and a persistent finish result in a very elegant wine.
- Food Pairing: Pair with red meats, barbecue dishes, pastas and cheese.

Reserva Old Vines
- This wine is an old-vine field blend up to 100 years old consisting mainly of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca with small quantities of Tinta Roriz and Sousão. The grapes are sourced from the Cima Corgo and  Douro Superior sub-regions, which offer exceptional terroir and a range of elevations and vineyard characteristics. The grapes are harvested from September to October and undergo a cold maceration in lagares for two to three days. The wine is aged approximately 12 to 18 months in French oak barrels.
- Tasting Notes: Deep red color, with an intense aroma dominated by ripe fruits, like blackberries and currants, and wild flowers, such as violet. Subtle notes of spice and exotic wood result from aging in barrique. This aromatic complexity will only increase with time. Full bodied, with a well balanced acidity and firm, ripe tannins. These characteristics make this Reserva a powerful wine with a persistent finish.

- A blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz coming from two different parcels of land, in two different sub-regions and at two different altitudes. The grapes are carefully selected and then fermented in stainless steel tanks before aging in oak barrels for approximately six months.
- Tasting Notes: A richly aromatic wine of black cherry, tar, mocha and a hint of violets. On the palate, the rich mouthfeel and texture is balanced perfectly against a zesty acidity, and rounded out by well-integrated, fine-grained tannins. As flavors continue to unfold well into the finish, this wine will leave you begging for another sip.
- Food Pairing: Pairs perfectly with choice cuts of steak, pot roasts and hearty casseroles like cassoulet.

Quinta do Castelo Melhor (Grupo Dourum Vinhos)
(D.O. Douro, D.O. Porto)
Estrada nacional N-102
5150 Vila Nova Foz Coa
Telf: (00 351)  279 762 427

1 comentario:

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