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Chronicle Vineyards Amilcar Rodrigues Lopes

Rua Na. Sra. da Carvalha no 14, 5155-220 Freixo de Numao
Portugal

This company is co-exhibitor of
IVDP - Instituto dos Vinhos do Douro e Porto I.P.

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ProWein 2020 hall map (Hall 10): stand F06-01

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ProWein 2020 fairground map: Hall 10

Contact

José Lopes

Phone
351934752416

Email
jose.lopes@chroniclevineyards.com

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Our range of products

Product categories

  • 01  Wines (according to cultivable areas)
  • 01.01  Europe
  • 01.01.17  Portugal
  • 01.01.17.07  Douro

Our products

Product category: Douro

ChronicleVineyards Red 2016

Chronicle 2016 is a Douro Superior wine, made from grapes from our Cornalheira vineyards, next to Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The vines are located at an altitude ranging from 350 to 400 meters in schist soil, dominated by Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca. Created to be consumed young, it has a good aging potential. Freshness and concentration are balanced, resulting in a very elegant and extremely appealing wine. The wine has a ruby, bright color. It is intense on the nose and focused on the fruit. It is a very fresh blend, elegant, medium concentration, fine and silky tannins and has a long and very fresh finish. We recommend a service temperature of 17 °.

2016 was very atypical in Douro, with complex weather conditions. Winter and Spring were very wet, even in Douro Superior. Bud break was early but low Spring temperatures slowed the vegetative growth. Summer was very warm and dry and some heat waves in August further slowed the maturation. Harvest period was approaching and we were expecting a delay of about 10 days. After the first week of September, temperatures started to reduce and the maturation progressed. The rain of the 13th repositioned the date for the last week of September, after the vines had accommodated these refreshing showers and had adequate time to rebalance. The harvest for this Red was done on 26 and 27 September with sunny weather, the grapes were in excellent conditions, with good acidity and moderate alcohol content.  
After total de-stemming, fermentation took place in stainless steel vats with controlled temperature (24 °), having been produced 5000 liters. 12 months ageing took place on 500 liters French oak barrels (40%), new and used and stainless steel vats (60%). Bottling was carried out in July 2017 (6600 bottles).

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Product category: Douro

ChronicleVineyards White 2017

Chronicle White 2017 is a Douro Superior wine, made from grapes from our Carvalha vineyards, next to the small village of Freixo de Numão, Vila Nova de Foz Côa. The vines are located at 600m altitude in schist soil. It is an indigenous grapes blend, made up from Rabigato and Códega de Larinho. It is very fresh and elegant with good complexity, expressing very well the character of Douro Superior altitude white wines. The wine has a pale yellow, bright color. The nose is very fresh, with a fine and elegant aroma. It has a fantastic natural acidity, firm and persistent, it has volume but is light and fresh and has a long finish. Great for roasted fish and white meats.

2017 was very warm and dry, with every month registering precipitation levels well below average. The Winter was sunny and was followed by a warm and dry Spring. The month of April was the warmest since records exist. Bud break was early and flowering occurred 2 weeks earlier than usual. The growth cycle continued ahead average as the following months, especially June, were extremely hot. At the beginning of August it became clear that we would have an early harvest and in fact, we did the harvest for the White on the 26th August, one month earlier than in 2016. Despite the difficult conditions and the inevitable low production, the grapes were in very good conditions, with high sugar levels but with a very good acidity, benefiting from the vineyards high altitude.
The bunches and grapes were manually selected and were followed by a delicate pressing after destemming. The must was decanted for approximately 24 hours and the fermentation was carried out in a stainless steel vat at controlled temperature.

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About us

Company details

We're a family Douro wine producer, based in Douro Superior. We have about 10 hectares, most from our grandparents, that we are increasing and improving. We believe in biological agriculture and we are pursuing this objective. Wines are blends of indigenous grapes, very elegant and balanced. We have currently 2 references, Chronicle Red and Chronicle White, with a total production of around 10.000 bottles. We have also a differentiating image, labels are great hand-made illustrations of our vineyards, unique for each reference.

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