Vintage Note: Winter pruning was complete by the end of February and budburst on the earliest varieties (Verdelho and Alicante Bouschet) followed soon after. The growing season was steady and mild resulting in well formed canopies by the time of flowering and fruit set mid way through the season. By veraison everything had evened out and we began ripening the fruit. This was steady right through until we hand picked the Verdelho in week two of August. Week three of August saw a big heat spike and rapid onset of ripening. Consequently we had to pick faster in order to prevent very high sugar readings which would result in elevated alcohol levels. A combination of this quick reaction and the fact that the high temperatures were moderated by our proximity to the coast meant that we were not as adversely affected as many other regions. Fruit quality was high, both sugar and tannin ripeness was achieved and the incidence of disease was low. Yields were slightly up on all vineyards compared to 2008 but not enough to give us cause to worry about loss of quality due to over-yielding. As usual the winery and equipment performed flawlessly. The fruit was treated well right up until the end of October when all the wines were put to bed for the winter months.
Technical Specifications: Country of Origin: Portugal Region: Lagoa, Algarve. Appellation: Vinho Regional Algarvio.
Wine Style: Red table wine. Varietal Constituents: 70%Syrah, 30%Aragonez. Bottling and Maturation: 14 months in a mix of stainless steel vats and barrels. Bottled in January 2011. Vineyard Area: 18Ha Soil Type: Free draining sandy loam and red clays.
Wine Analyses: Alcohol: 14.0%v/v Res sugar: 3.6g/l Volatile Acidity: 0.45g/l Total Acidity: 5.6g/l pH: 3.57 Total So2: 120mg/l Temperature: For serving 18ºC Food Ideas: Slow roast Lamb with rosemary sprinkled potatoes, venison in red wine jus, gamey stews Bottles prod: 28,500 bottles.
Organoleptic characteristics: Appearance: Deep scarlet red with violet edges. Consistent colour from rim to core. Aroma: Lifted aromas of fresh and fleshy dark cherry, roused with scents of licorice, mint and eucalyptus. Palate: Juicy red and black stone fruit with firm, new season plums; this wine is offering an expansive combination of good complexity, balanced acidity and supporting tannins leading to a long lasting finish.
Tasting Note: Vida Nova champions the rebirth of Algarve wine. We strive to make wines that reflect the vitality and energy of this relatively unknown region.The wine has been matured for 14 months prior to bottling in a combination of stainless steel vats and French and American oak barrels.