|Flor de Viseu is situated in the Dão region (pronounced ‘down’), just below the Douro, which is essentially a granite valley surrounded by mountains on three sides, and open to the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Located south of the Douro, the Dão is known for high quality wines from Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Tempranillo) and Alfrocheiro.|
Flor de Viseu was established in 2009 by Sónia Martins and Carlos Moura, both of whom have years of winemaking experience behind them. They partner only with growers of sustainably-farmed, high-density vineyards to make their wine and yields are kept very low (2.4 tons per acre). The vineyards are at an elevation of ~1300 feet, and the granite reflects heat to help ripen the grapes. Similar to Piedmont, aspect is everything in this small, hilly wine region.
|Flor de Viseu Dao Tinto - Tradition|
|50% Alfrocheiro, 25% Touriga Nacional, 25% Tinta Roriz.|
The grapes are hand-sorted and de-stemmed and undergo a 24-hour cold maceration before fermentation begins. The Alfrocheiro and Tinto Roriz are fermented in stainless steel, while the Touriga Nacional is fermented in traditional lagares, or wide stone vats. The length of fermentation varies but takes approximately 5-7 days. The malolactic fermentation and elevage also take place in the stainless steel at which point the wine is racked and a final blend is decided upon.
Aromatic notes of tart dark cherries and plums with a hint of smokiness. Smooth and satisfying on the palate with fine, mild tannins and a long finish. 13% Alcohol.
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