The Illustrious Unknowns are the most recent addition to the Symington household. This can be a assortment of wines that unveils distinctive vineyards and parcels inside Symington’s heritage, locations that till now have been solely recognized by the household and workforce, however which have been the perfect cradle of this new vary.
The Illustrious Unknowns will typically be distinctive editions, with restricted availability and with an irreverent and artistic profile: a hymn to the experience and creativity of winemakers, an unveiling of tales which have by no means been instructed.
The launch wines of the gathering are single varietals from the 2020 harvest – Viosinho and Gouveio – and are available from the Tapadinha winery, close to Quinta do Retiro within the Rio Torto valley, Cima Corgo.
Right here, the place the altitude reaches 580 meters, temperatures are extra average and the maturation of the grapes is extra balanced. In regular years, excessive altitude vines are additionally synonymous with extra precipitation. All this contributes to balanced wines.
It also needs to be famous that the Tapadinha winery is a part of the Symington Selection Assortment undertaking, with a set of 11 white grape varieties having been planted, with 700 vines every, to review their oenological potential for the manufacturing of top quality white wines.
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With the intention to reply with a picture that matches probably the most sudden and distinctive wines throughout the Symington portfolio, the household was in search of a up to date and iconic artistic idea, with robust colours that mirrored the persona of the wines.
The distinction is even observed by the absence of a again label. The images used on the Viosinho and Gouveio labels, with particulars of the Douro vineyards and day-to-day life, have been taken by Paul Symington and replicate the eagerness he has for the area.
For its arrival available on the market, the Ilustres Desconhecidos have been produced in extraordinarily restricted portions: 411 bottles of Gouveio and 533 of Viosinho. The nationwide market would be the major focus for the sale of wines, with an RRP of twenty-two.50 euros.
Later this 12 months, Symington will launch extra wines from this assortment, from the 2021 harvest and all white wines: one other version of the one selection Gouveio, an Arinto and a Curtimenta.
“We’re very pleased with our Illustrious Unknowns. These are extra experimental wines, which we’ve by no means shared, and the primary ones replicate the terroir from certainly one of our greatest high quality vineyards, which we love probably the most: Tapadinha. They’re an train in creativity and our oenology workforce has produced stunning, balanced wines with an impactful profile”, provides Rupert Symington, CEO of Symington Household Estates.