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Prats & Symington Douro Prazo de Roriz 2012

$14.95

Product Description

90WS - "Concentrated and engaging flavors of cherry, currant and dried plum are set in a firm, powerful structure. Shows intense minerality midpalate, with notes of dried mint. Finishes with white pepper details. Drink now through 2019." - Wine Spectator, 90 points!

From the makers of CHRYSEIA!

Proprietary red blend of:
Tinta Roriz – 30%
Tinta Barroca – 25%
Touriga Nacional – 15%
Touriga Franca – 15%
Tinta Amarela – 10%
Tinto Cão – 3%
Sousão – 2%

The most noticeable aspect of the 2011/2012 viticultural year was the lack of water (2012 was the second driest year in the Douro since 1967). An unusually cold winter, the coldest in over a decade, was followed by an erratic spring whose unpredictable conditions lead to poor fruit and, in turn, to a much smaller crop. Lower than average summer temperatures mitigated the effects of the drought, and because there were fewer bunches on the vines, the grape ripening progressed very satisfactorily enabling us to produce some very fine wines. The harvest took place mid-September until the first week of October, at Roriz and Perdiz.

At the small dedicated Quinta de Roriz winery. The grapes were picked by hand and the bunches were manually sorted. The grapes were inoculated with selected yeast and maceration was achieved through pumping over. Fermentation temperatures were kept between 22 and 24ºC.

The SYMINGTON family aimed to ally its extensive knowledge of the different Douro terroirs and grape varieties to the experience of Bruno PRATS in the Bordeaux region so that together they could produce wine from the best grapes grown on the best plots on the best estates, in true Bordeaux spirit.

Andrew James Symington first became established in the city of Porto in 1882. He quickly became a Port wine shipper and in 1914 assumed control of Warre’s. The descendants of his three sons are nowadays the owners of Warre’s, Dow’s and Graham’s, in addition to numerous estates which include some of the best in the Cima Corgo. The family’s vineyard holdings in the Douro now exceed 900 hectares.Charles Symington is responsible for the vineyards, vinification and production management, whilst Rupert, Paul, John and Dominic travel all over the world sharing the magic and secrets of their wines.

After the sale of the Château Cos d’Estournel which he had managed for thirty years,Bruno Prats turned his wine growing activities to Viña Aquitania in Chile where he established a partnership with Paul Pontallier, Ghislain de Montgolfier and Felipe de Solminihac, and to Anwilka in South Africa, in partnership with Lowell Jooste and Hubert de Bouard de Laforest. The friendship between Bruno Prats and the Symington family was developed through the family winery network Primum Familiae Vini, to which Cos d’Estournel also belonged.

In November 1998, the Symington family proposed that Bruno Prats should take part in a new project to produce a top quality, non-fortified Douro wine. This proposal took shape in 1999 with the creation of PRATS & SYMINGTON Limitada as an equal partnership between the two families. Experimental production in this first year enabled the best plots and most suitable grape varieties for the project to be selected. The CHRYSEIA 2000 was the first vintage to be released.

Region: Portugal
Rating: 90WS
Type: Red
Grape: Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca, Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Amarela, Tinto Cão, Sousão
Current Stock: 23




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