Tecedeiras, Lilás, Douro 2019
Bright ruby color with good intensity. Young aroma, in which red fruit stands out immediately. Soft notes of spices. Smooth attack. Very balanced acidity, revealing the most fruity side in the mouth. Round and very engaging.
Traditional field blend of Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca
Tecedeiras means “weavers”. Quinta das Tecedeiras, whose historic vineyards are bathed by the waters of the Douro River, is located in the heart of Portugal’s most renowned wine-producing region – more precisely on the left bank of the river in the sub-region of Cima Corgo, between the towns of Pinhão and São João da Pesqueira. On the 67-hectare estate producers Lima Smith Lda. make both DOC Douro and Port wines that have been awarded and recognized internationally.
Touriga Nacional is a variety of red wine grape, considered by many to be Portugal's finest. Despite the low yields from its small grapes, it plays a big part in the blends used for ports, and is increasingly being used for table wine in the Douro and Dão. Touriga Nacional provides structure and body to wine, with high tannins and concentrated flavors of black fruit.
The Douro wine region is situated around the Douro river valley and lower vallies of its tributaries Varosa, Corgo, Távora, Torto, and Pinhão. The region is sheltered from Atlantic winds by the Marão and Montemuro mountains and has a continental climate, with hot and dry summers and cold winters.
Terraced vineyards are very common in the Douro region. Vineyards dedicated to Port production are usually planted on schist while areas with granite-based soils are used for table wine production.
Manual harvest organized by vineyard plots to ensure the harvest at the right time. Transport in small boxes to avoid crushing the curls. Manual sorting of curls followed by destemming and gentle crushing. Pre cold maceration. Alcoholic fermentation in stainless steel vats with gentle daily manual reassembly. Pressing. Stage in stainless steel vats on fine lees until bottling.