The year 2016 was marked by a very rainy spring, with precipitation between November 2015 and May 2016 doubling the values registred on the previous year. Due to the high precipitation recorded in spring, the vines showed good vigor and a very balanced vegetative wall. The summer was slow to arrive, as the average temperature in May and June was lower than in 2015, but in August the average temperature remained higher than in the previous year. Despite the heat registered, the precipitation occurred in the spring was sufficient to maintain the water reserves in the soil. Although the older vines showed no symptoms of water stress, in the younger vines some water deficit was patent. Due to high thermal and luminous stress values, there was some loss of production due to scalding of the bunches, especially in plots exposed to the West. Such conditions delayed the maturation of the bunches, and the white harvesting began on 30 August.
The first harvested red variety was the Tinta Barroca on September 2, followed by Tinta Amarela and Tinta Roriz on September 3. Due to the excellent climatic conditions recorded during September, it was possible to harvest calmly, waiting for the ideal point of maturation without risk of precipitation. The last grapes of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca were harvested on 8 and 10 October, respectively. Generally the wines of 2016 are quite elegant and well-balanced, having excellent potential.
Grape Varieties: Touriga Franca (40%), Touriga Nacional (30%), Tinta Roriz (20%), Tinta Barroca (5%), Alicante Bouchet (3%), Tinta Amarela (2%)
Alcohol: 14 %
After being crushed, the grapes were cooled down and trodden by foot during four hours in granite lagares and then transferred to small
refrigerated stainless steel vinifying vats. Each grape variety is vinified separately.This wine was matured in second and third year French
Allier oak barriques.
Lively color. Floral scents combined with red fruit aromas. Fills the mouth with intense fruit notes, showing a long, very fresh and complex after taste.
The 2016 Meandro do Vale Meão is a blend of 30% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 20% Tinta Roriz and various others, all aged for 14 months in used French oak. It comes in at 14% alcohol. Take a bottling that always performs well for a modest price, add a vintage that produced a lot of ripe fruit and you might get one of the finest Meandros ever made. Not quite bottled when seen (but the final blend), this shows exceptional concentration for the level, vivid fruit and surprising freshness. The tannins are moderate but provide good support for the fruit. Everything is lifted too—this is in no way a fruit bomb. The only remaining question is what this turns into. It should age well for this price range and improve.