This wine comes from the Symington family’s Douro Valley vineyards in Northern Portugal, and in particular from those which traditionally supply the House of Dow’s, one of the family’s premier Port marques. This reserve red wine is centered around the Touriga Nacional grape, widely regarded as Portugal’s finest varietal, and the cornerstone of most, if not all, of the landmark wines from which the Douro has become renowned over the last decade. The grapes for this wine are sourced from mature plantings (average age of vines: 30 years), hand-picked and manually selected. Vale do Bomfim Reserva is characterized by floral aromas and delicious dark fruit – Touriga Nacional hallmarks.
Despite being a challenging year, 2009 produced spectacular wines. This tough year was characterized by lower than average rainfall, unstable weather in the spring and virtual no rain during the hot summer. It is in such demanding years when skilful vineyard management and winemaking come to the fore. Winemakers conducted meticulous grape selection in the vineyards, to ensure the finest fruit was available for this wine.
GRAPE ORIGINS AND VARIETIES
The grapes are principally sourced from Dow’s Bomfim and Senhora da Ribeira vineyards, as well as from other vineyards which have long supplied the company.
70% Touriga Nacional & 30% Mixed Old Vines
The grapes were picked by hand into small, shallow containers and manually sorted with great care, after which they were gently crushed. Fermentation took place in small stainless steel vats at a temperature not exceeding 26oC (78F). Winemakers Charles Symington and Pedro Correia.