Prats & Symington Douro Chryseia 2005
2005 was an extraordinarily hot year. A dry autumn in 2004 was followed by a winter with hardly any rain, and summer was extremely hot and equally dry. The characteristic schistous soils found in the Douro once again proved to be very important ally to the vines, providing them with water throughout a period of prolonged drought. The Touriga Nacional at Quinta da Vila velha was picked at the early date of the 6th of September. The Touriga
Nacional at Quinta da vila Velha was picked at the very early date of the 6th September. The rain that came as a true blessing on the 7th September allowed for perfect ripening and the rest of the Vintage proceded in ideal harvest conditions between the 12th September and 1st of October. Due to the particular weather conditions we decided to favour the Touriga Nacional that represents 70% of the final blend, the rest being made up of Touriga Franca and a little Tinta Roriz.