Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Portuguese Grape Variety of the Day: Aragonez (Tinta Roriz)


Grape variety: Aragonez(s)

Color: Red
Originally from: Spain, but traditionally cultivated in the Douro and Alentejo
Synonymous: Tinta Roriz, Tempranillo (Spain)
Concentration of Anthocianins: Medium
Budding: Mid season
Length of the bunches: Medium
Compactness (clusters): Medium
Size of the cluster: Medium
Alcohol potential: High
Total acidity: Low
Very susceptible to: Powdery and Downy mildew
Best soils: Well drained
Ripens: Mid season
Production: Medium-High (inconsistent)
Certified clones: 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59 and 60 EAN – 106, 110, 111 and 117 JPB
Regions in Portugal where it is most planted: Douro and Alentejo

Tinta Roriz is a very fine variety of extraordinary quality, attested by its presence in two legendary wines produced on the Iberian Peninsula: the Portuguese Barca Velha and the Spanish Vega Sicilia. This grape has also been grown for centuries in the Alentejo, but under the name of Aragonês. In good years it produces full-bodied, inky and highly aromatic wines. The grape has fine and delicate aromas of pepper and berries. Aragonês has high yields and is indispensable in the blend of a good Port. Varietal red wines are also showing good results, particularly in the Dão region.

TABLE WITH INFORMATION: FREE TRANSLATION OF THE “CASTAS DE PORTUGAL – VOLUME 1″ - www.ivv.min-agricultura.pt

Cheers,
LA
 


 
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