Prazo de Roriz Douro DOC Red 2003

Closure: Natural Cork stopper 45X24 mm
Quality: Superior
One of the top 100 selected Wine Spectator wine’s – December 2005

Technical Information

This red Douro was produced exclusively with grapes grown at Quinta de Roriz and matured in French oak casks. Excellent for drinking young. PRAZO (meaning lease) was the name giving to Quinta de Roriz during most of the XVIII century.

The heavy rain that fell in the autumn of 2002 and again in January 2003 was followed by higher then average temperatures in March. The climatic conditions in May were extremely beneficial to the flowering and berry set. The indications were 2003 would be a large harvest, but the summer was hot and dry which led to good concentration of the fruit. Rain at the end of August was highly beneficial, softening the skins and increasing sugar levels. Picking started at Quinta do Roriz on the 23red September and finished on the 29th September.

Grape origins
Provided exclusively by Quinta de Roriz from carefully analysed and prepared plots of vineyard. Mostly from the younger vines that are  5-10 years old.

Grape Varieties

40% Tinta Roriz
30% Touriga Franca
20% Tinta Barroca
10% Touriga Nacional

Rigorous grape selection by hand on selection tables ('triage'); inoculation with selected yeast; fermentation in stainless steel tanks (20,000 lts), maceration by pumping over with temperature controlled at 25-26ºC.

9 months in 2nd year French oak casks with a capacity of 400 and 350 lts.

Coopers - Tonnellerie Taransaud
Tonnellerie Demptos.
Fining with egg white.

July 2004

Total Production
3.000 of 12/75cl.

Technical Specifications
Alcohol by volume: 13.7%
Total acidity: 5,25 g/l (tartaric acid)
Volatile acidity: 0.44 g/l (acetic acid)
pH: 3.54

Very fine now but will continue to age well in bottle.

Wine Makers
Charles Symington and Pedro Correia.


The Quinta

In the very earliest years of the 18th century, more than 150 years before the Port companies of Oporto began to build vineyards in the Upper Douro, a Scotsman named Robert Archibald travelled into the Douro.
He acquired a perpetual lease on a wild and isolated property between Pinhão and Tua. Here he built a rudimentary shooting box from which he hunted wild boar and partridge in the surrounding countryside. Shortly after he began to plant a vineyard on his land and Quinta de Roriz started to produce wine.

Today Roriz occupies 200 hectares forming a natural amphitheatre, falling from the hilltops at 450 metres to the Douro River. It is one of the most spectacularly beautiful Quintas in the Douro.
In the centre of the Quinta there is a small 'plateau' on which is situated the winery, house and chapel. The vineyard occupies 42 hectares and is situated between 125 and 250 metres. The position of the Quinta along the river and its altitude are recognised as being ideal for the production of the Douro's very best wines and is fully representative of the best of the classic river Quintas.
The grapes are picked by hand and vinified in the Quinta's own stone lagares. The wines are then aged in the Quinta s oak vats prior to bottling.

The classic schistose soil of the Upper Douro predominates, but the soil composition and structure are particular to this property. The Quinta also has tin and traces of gold. The mining activities at Roriz date from the days of a religious Order, "Comenda das Três Minas da Ordem de Christo" which during the 17th century exploited the rich ore deposits of the property. Archibald acquired the property from this Order. The mining only ceased after the 2nd World War.
The unique mineral structure at Roriz brings a strong individual personality to the wines.

Now days  Roriz is owned and managed by João van Zeller, the sixth generation of van Zellers to own the Quinta, in association with the Symington family. Joao van Zeller is related to the Symingtons as the latter have a van Zeller ancestor. Together the two families are determined to reinstate the Quinta's historically pre-eminent position.


Quinta de Roriz
Ervedosa do Douro
5130 S. João da Pesqueira
Tel: +351 254 423 170
Fax. +351 254 423 170
E-mail: info@quintaderoriz.com
Web-site: www.quintaderoriz.com