Quinta de Roriz Port & Douro
Quinta de Roriz was famous as an individual-quinta port in the 19th century but was re-established as an independent operation by the van Zeller family and has now been acquired by Symington. The Vintage Port was made by others for most of the 20th century. There are currently 42 ha within a sheltered amphitheatre some distance up-river from Pinhão but still within the Cima Corgo. Its revival is being achieved with help from the SYMINGTON Family who, before the acquisition in 2009, made the wines for some time. Under the new ownership, Roriz will become the home of Prats & Symington, the joint table wine venture between the Symingtons and Bruno Prats (ex-Cos d’Estournel), as well as the Roriz wines and ports. Grapes for Prats & Symington Chryseia have been sourced from Roriz for some time but the wines will now also be made at Roriz. The Vintage Port (100% foot-trodden and interestingly containing a small percentage of Sousão) is already a classic. What marks it out is its sheer class, with a dimension, definition and complexity seen only among the top names – cellar for at least 20 years. Two Douro table wines have made rapid strides and are distinguished from the Prats & Symington wines by their firmer, less refined tannins. The stylish Reserva (Touriga Nacional/Touriga Franca/Tinta Roriz) is aged in new French barriques and has good depth and extract and benefits from time in bottle. Prazo de Roriz, the entry level wine is relativelyforward but retains good character for its price point.
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