Abundant rainfall at the start of the viticultural year contributed to the replenishment of soil water reserves, which proved crucial due to the very dry winter, spring and summer that followed. Fortunately at Vesuvio, rain came to the rescue in May, falling evenly and allowing the soil to gradually absorb the precious water. This rain was of enormous benefit and helped to sustain the vines during the very hot, dry months of June and July. August was relatively cool and the lower than average nocturnal temperatures proved decisive in preserving the natural acidity in the berries. When the vintage began the crop was in very fine condition: small healthy bunches and berries augured well for structured and concentrated wines. Two days of rain in mid-September secured the final ripening of the Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca varieties, both of which were exceptional.
Named after the dovecote on the Vesuvio estate, this wine comes from low-yield vines. It is certainly concentrated while preserving plenty of open fruit. The black-cherry and blackberry flavors are combined with some firm dry tannins that will allow the wine to age further.
This is lighter in style but seems elegant and shows finesse with vivid flavor. It is also wonderfully fresh and lifted with a lingering, delicious finish. It will drink great young and age reasonably well.
Clean and fresh, with a streak of blue fruit from beginning to end, this wine shows its oak in sweet spice and its acidity in the schist buzz of the tannins. Youthfully blunt, this needs a year or two of bottle age to show its best.
A juicy red, with fresh raspberry, plum and anise notes bound together with lip-smacking acidity. Tangy, with spice and floral notes chiming in on the finish.