On an classic quality basis in the Real Companhia Velha’s range of wines, for many years Evel has earned a solid reputation. Its wines are produced in the famous vineyards the company owns in Alijó, Vale do Tua and S. João da Pesqueira areas.
Those vineyards produce the finest red grapes in the region whose blends provide the distinctive flavour and character of Evel.
The Vintage 2016 was mostly characterized by a high atypicality in terms of climate, with an unusually warm yet rainy winter, a cold and extremly showery spring followed by very hot and dry summer. The flowering stage occurred more prematurely than usual with 2 weeks in advance, however, a cold spring implied a delay of 2 weeks (compared to usual timmings) in the cycle and in the showing of colour. The harvest period extended until mid October, over a period of 7 weeks, and was considered one of the most peaceful of the last decade, registering a mild climate and almost no rain. This was yet another good Vintage for the region, resulting in very elegant, fresh and very aromatic wines.
Evel Red Reserva 2018 - DOC DOURO
Varieties: Old Vines Field Blend, Touriga Nacional & Touriga Franca
Apellation: DOC Douro
Production: 27.200 bottles (750ml)
Store bottles on their sides in a cool place (16ºC to 18ºC) away from direct light. Serve at 18ºC. Enjoy this powerful wine, as an accompaniment to strong flavoured meat and game dishes.
On a top quality basis in Real Companhia Velha’s range of wines, for many years, Evel Reserva has earned a solid reputation. This prestigious Evel Reserva reveils itself as a true top-range wine and reflects a vanguard enological investigation, alied to a criterious selection of some of the best vine parcels in the company. Having aged in French oak for a period of 12 months, with a significant percentage of new oak, this potent yet elegant Douro red unveils all the caracteristics of a Reserva wine.
The Year 2018
The year 2018 revealed to be an unusual campaign on a climatic point of view, and in comparisson to the last 5 years. Blossoming was late, as the vines evolved well in terms of vegetative development due to the availabilty of water that allowed the recovery of plant vigor in the vineyard after suffering from hydric stress in 2017. Climatic conditions throughout spring affected the sanitary management of the vines, as mildium developed strongly due to high humidity. The harvest began on the first weeks of September. The occorence of phytosanitary pressure due to excessive heat and the dehydration of some parcels, both had significant impact on production, with a decrease of 7% in total production in relation to the previous year, and 14% when compared to the last 5 years. Nevertheless, this year’s harvest provided wines of superb quality, with good levels of acidity and phenolic composts.
Winemaking and ageing
Fermentation and maceration for this wine occurs on stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature. 100% of the wine ages in French oak barriques, for which 20% in new oak.
Beautiful and intense ruby colour, with powerfull varietal aromas of mature red fruit successfully integrated with vanilla nuances, from ageing in oak. A very full bodied wine, harmonious and round with flavour
Total Acidity: 5.6 g/l