Vega Tinto 2011
- DFJ Vinhos
- Tinta Roriz (40%)
- Touriga Franca (40%)
- Touriga Nacional (20%)
- Oaked Style
- Body Style
- Medium bodied
- Dry / Sweet Style
- Alcohol Content (%)
- Closure Style
- Organic / Biodynamic
The demarcated region for Port wine follows the steep, winding river of the Douro. The region for centuries has had a history of viticulture created in harsh conditions, constantly flighting with the natural geography of the land.
The region was founded in 1756 by the then Prime Minister, making the Douro region one of the oldest demarcated wine regions in the world.
Beginning 75km east of the coastal city of Oporto at Barqueiros and stretching to the town of Barca d`Alva at the Portuguese - Spanish border. The region is then divided into three regions; Baixo Corgo (lower Corgo), Cima Corgo (Upper Corgo) and Douro Superior. Each sub region is separated by natural frontiers which gives them their own distinctive style and therefore allowing the Douro to produce a multitude of styles of Port wine.
The dominant figure in Estremadura, where the IGP Lisboa wines are produced, is winemaker José Neiva, of DFJ Vinhos. At his imposing `wine cathedral` he makes a broad range of overtly appealing red wines characterised by their ripe, accessible fruit, lush textures and good concentration, and clean citrusy whites, all at very reasonable prices. Neiva is quite open about the interventionist winemaking techniques that he uses to wring every drop of flavour from his grapes resulting in a very modern fruit lead style that highlights the natural flavours of a myriad of native varieties.
Vega eminates from the steep terraced vineyards of the Douro Valley (home to the great Port houses) and is a sturdy table wine blended from three of the region`s best varieties, Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz. It is rich with plum, cherry and mineral elements and complex with a firm grip of tannins, typical of the region.
A rich Douro red with plum, cherry and mineral elements and complex with a firm grip of tannins, typical of the region.
Serve with pates, lamb or pork casseroles, roast red meats, game or strong cheeses.
Wine Enthusiast awarded 90 points - September 2012.
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