Dona Dorinda


Dona Dorinda




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Climate: Mediterranean Alentejo
Soil: Quartz-diorite with red clay
Type: Red
Grape varieties: Syrah and Viognier
Classification: Vinho Regional Alentejano
Production: 4560 bottles 75 CL
Alcohol content: 15% vol.
Total acidity: 5.1 g / l
pH: 3.75
Expected aging potential: 10 years

The year 2013 was very similar in weather terms to 2012. Marked by intense rainfall at the beginning of the cycle, with very high temperatures during maturation and the threat of downpours at harvest time. Some night humidity posed a challenge in terms of fungal emergence, which we treated in our standard biodynamic way. 2013 is also the first year we harvested our Viognier grapes together with the Syrah, a practice well established in the Rhone valley of France. This year our wine has 85% Syrah and 15% of this white variety, which adds a clear floral nose, complexity and aromatic diversity to our wine.  Since Viognier reaches its maturity earlier than Syrah, it is a delicate balance to harvest these grapes at the same time.


The night harvest was done in 12kg boxes to avoid crushing damage to the grapes. We used carbonic maceration to achieve maximum extraction of color and fruit flavors.  This was followed by 15 days of fermentation in a temperature controlled environment. At the end soft pressing was followed by malolactic fermentation in our preferred French oak barrels. It is also important to note that our entire process is achieved by using gravitational force for the transitions.


Dona Dorinda 2013 aged 12 months in French oak barrels followed by more than a year in bottles. It was released in October 2015.

Winemaker’s Notes:

Color: Deep intense bright ruby
Aromas: This wine is of medium intensity, with a clear nose of flowers, especially violets. It has a nice cherry touch at the end. 
Palate: Dry medium acidity, medium alcohol (14+) well integrated and medium tannins. An elegant wine, with a fluid and silky approach and medium but intense body. Black fruits like black cherry, blackberry and raisins stand out and involve dark chocolate notes.

It is an excellent wine with long (10+ years) of aging potential

Accompanies roasts and strong dishes.