Winter 2019/2020 was very positive in the Douro Region, because the water levels in the soil were able to restore. However, the month of February was warmer than average, which caused an early sprouting and required some adjustments right at the beginning of the cycle. The beginning of spring brought all fears of the pandemic and the first confinement in Portugal. Associated with the already difficult management of the agricultural year, a major adaptation was necessary. The mild spring allowed an excellent development of the vines. In July, conditions changed, and we live one of the hottest months of July on record. It was a challenge for the vines, where, in grape varieties such as Tinta Barroca, there were solar scalds. In mid-August, temperatures dropped and there was some precipitation, which allowed the end of maturation to develop with some comfort. The harvest started in Douro Superior, on 12th August with white grape varieties. In Cima Corgo, the harvest started with white grape varieties, on 31st August.
Grape origin: The grapes of the Vale D. Maria Rufo Douro Rosé come from Sanfins do Douro, in the upper part of Cima Corgo, where the vines are planted at high altitudes (500 m) and are about 20 years-old. This allows the grapes to find good freshness and live fruit. This wine is made with Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz.
Vinification: Totally elaborated in our cellar, the grapes are gently pressed, using only the resulting must. After decanting, the must is clarified. Fermentation takes place in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature of around 16ºC. The wine ages in the same stainless-steel vats for about 4 to 5 months.
Tasting notes: With a citrine, clear and Bright color, this wine is fresh and fruity. The aromas of raspberry, strawberry and red fruits demonstrate its youthful profile. With a velvety texture, citrus notes announce the refreshing and persistent finish. With elegance and balance, this wine is smooth and pleasant.