2014 was atypical in comparison with the average of the last 30 years, with a mild winter, a warm spring and a particularly fresh summer. There was heavy rainfall, particularly in the months of January, February, July and September, and some climatic instability during the summer months, with thunderstorms during June and July. The moderate summer temperatures, with no heat waves, cool evenings and some rain showers gave the vines better maturation conditions and produced balanced musts (in terms of sugar/acidity) and with a good concentration of polyphenols. At Quinta do Bom Retiro the old vines were harvested almost at the end of the vintage, to take advantage of their adaptability to the year’s conditions. These vines produced a wine with intense colour, aromas of red berries, good structure and remarkable freshness. The other vineyards used in this blend produced equally intensely-coloured wines, although slightly fresher and more floral.
Trodden by foot in the lagar. Fermentation of this wine lasts between 4 and 5 days and produces an excellent extract.