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QUINTA DO VALE MEÃO Douro Meandro 2015

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91 Points

The summer of 2015 was one of the driest ever registered in the Douro, with the lowest temperatures ever recorded, allowing the plants to survive and grow despite the low levels of water in soil. The harvest of red grapes began on August 24 with the tinta amarela. Fresh days and cool nights allowed for a much slower orderly harvest that ran until October 1st. The results were exceptional quality fruit, rich in aromas with a beautiful colour. Meãndro Red is a 40/35/16/5/2/2 mix of touriga franca, touriga nacional, tinta roriz, tinta barroca, alicante bouschet and tinta amarela. Lively color. The nose is beguiling with bright floral red fruit aromas and a strong mineral note. The fruit is dark with rich but supple with pure blueberry/blackberry flavours. Bright and balanced, it dances across the palate before the complex mineral and savoury, black pepper notes kick in. Impressive for the price.

Anthony Gismondi, February 2018

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