Astronauta old vine Douro 2017

Astronauta old vine Douro 2017

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Astronauta Vinhas old vine 2017, Portuguese Wine, the Wine Advocate tasting notes 90 rating

The Wine Advocate tasting notes, Portuguese Wine

It was aged in an equal mixture of used French oak and stainless steel (although there, American oak cubes are used). It comes in at 13.5% alcohol. Fresh and a bit compact, this is a wine based on precision rather than big fruit or fleshiness. It has a fair share of power and a very respectable finish, with acidity lifting plum nuances. The juicy finish sells this wine, making it a very fine value. This has the structure to age as well, and it should acquire complexity and more harmony along the way. It is a little understated, but a perfect food wine.

WINEMAKER, Anibal Jose Coutinho Jose Piteira

CULTIVAR, Vielles Vignes (plus de 50 cepages rouges et quelques blancs)

ALCOHOL, 13,5 % vol.

WINEMAKING. This fermented in stainless steel vat. 50% aged in oak
used barrel. 18 months of bottle ageing.

TASTING NOTE AND PAIRING, Well integrated aromatic complexity: candied fruit, cocoa and other
spices, sweet woody, liquorice and rosemary. Elegant and long.
Beautiful tension. Very fine and sweet tannins. Lamb and game
pairing. Serve at 15 ºC

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