Pombal do Vesuvio comes from the terraced vineyards that surround the ancient dovecote, ‘pombal’ in Portuguese, situated at 200 meters in the heart of this beautiful and remote property. These vineyards are primarily planted with Touriga Nacional.
2017 was the second driest year on record in the Douro and the hottest of the last four decades. Between March and September, the cumulative rainfall deficit averaged 50%.
The dry, mild winter was followed by a hot spring, with seasonal temperatures 2.6ºC above the average. However, the resilient regional grape varieties adjusted early on to the exceptionally dry conditions that prevailed from the outset of the year. Unsurprisingly, the precocity of the year’s vegetative cycle resulted in the earliest vintage ever recorded; picking starting on September 3rd at Vesuvio. The heat abated a little during September, especially nocturnal temperatures, a highly beneficial situation reflected in the very high quality of the grapes received in the winery. The outcome of the vintage surpassed all expectations.
Concentrated, deep red colour. Exceptional freshness on the nose and palate, belying the year’s hot, dry conditions. Floral aromas of roses and rockrose with a hint of vanilla in the background witnessing well integrated oak. Very expressive on the palate with succulent black plum and wild berry flavours. Well-structured with concentration and elegance in perfect harmony. Polished tannins underpin the framework of this very ‘gastronomic’ wine.