The Vila Real cooperative winery was founded in 1955 in the Douro demarcated region, the oldest in the world, recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The wines from their cellar are the result of the work of the families of this region, who keep the landscape of the Douro alive. Their wines are recognized for their excellent quality/price ratio.
To open the bottle is very easy, you do not need a corkscrew because the cork is made out of composite cork, so you just need to twist that. And then it is easy to recork the bottle!
The wine is a blend of the amazing Douro grape varieties such as Touriga Nacional, Touriga Franca and Tinta Roriz, presenting a deep ruby color with slow legs in the glass.
On the nose, elegant floral fruit aromas such as plum, blueberry and violet, with some vanilla, leather, oak and licorice.
On the palate, dominant black fruits, jam and peppery flavors. A full-bodied dry wine, with a good balance between harsh acidity and strong tannins which remain really marked in a long finish, making the wine engaging and elegant.
The grapes were harvested manually. Reception with destemming and crushing immediately, conduction of grapes to the fermentation vats in pasta tubes with heat exchanger. Fermentation in stainless steel vats at a controlled temperature. More intense and prolonged maceration, partial malolactic fermentation in wood. Loss of the lot ages for a period of 12 months in French oak predominantly, with a small percentage of American wood.
The wine contains 14% of alcohol level.
It should be consumed at a temperature of 16-17 °C.
Pairing well with steak and blue cheese.
This wine is a good example to feel the soul of Douro during the year-end celebrations these days.