Francos Reserva 2003
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Francos Reserva 2003

Harvest

2003

Color

Red

Country

Portugal

Terroir

Quinta de Porto Franco single estate

Vinification Method

Classic fermentation method with destemming and pre fermentative skin contact followed of the application of dry yeasts. Fermentation up to 30º C in the first 2/3, and lowering down to 20º C during the last 1/3. During the whole fermentative process, pumping over 2 times per day, using each time half of the volume contained in the vat. After the alcoholic fermentation, the cap is plunged for 30 days, and during that period, extraction of the gentle tannins is conducted, along with the malolactic fermentation and the natural stabilization of the wine.

Ageing

Wine is aged in 15% American oak barrels (Alicante Bouschet) and 85% French of Allier oak barrels of 225 Lt for 18 months. Ageing in bottle a minimum 9 months after bottling.

How to Serve

A great wine for special ocasions and exquisite gastronomy. Francos Reserva 2003 it’s unfiltered. This means it should be served with additional care and if possible in a certain way: The bottle should be in the vertical for at least for one hour before serving to let the sediments fall down. It was important to use a good cork screw in order to take out the cork slowly not perforating the cork from one side to another. The wine should be decanted slowly, and 95% of the liquid only. The wine must be in the decanter for at least 15 minutes breathing before serving.

Gross weight

8,7 kg (6x75cl)

Pallet configuration

128 cases (6x75cl) - 16 cases/level x 8 levels

Euro pallet configuration

96 cases (6x75cl) - 12 cases/level x 8 levels

Case dimensions

310x255x175

Bar code

Bottle (EAN13) = 560 031219 038 0 // Case (ITF14) = 1 560 031219 038 7

Harvest

2003

ABV at 20ºC%

14

Volume at 20ºC g/cm3

0.9921

Total dry matter g/dm3

30.7

Volatile acidity (in acetic acid) g/l

0.74

Total acidity g/l

6.08

Fixed acidity g/l

5.47

pH

3.62

SO2 (free) & (total) mg/l

29/128

Seven more distinction to DFJ

In the 2007 edition of the “Guia de Vinhos de Portugal, Escolha dos Enólogos” – Portugal Wine Guide 2007 – Selection of Winemakers, the DFJ wines get 7 awards.

Silver and Bronze in IWC 2007

DFJ won 4 Silver medals, 1 Bronze medal and 9 Commended in the International Wine Challenge 2007 wine contest. The GRAND'ARTE Touriga Nacional red 2005 won SILVER medal.

Silver and Bronze in IWC 2006

DFJ won 2 Silver medals, 6 Bronze medals and 12 Commended in the International Wine Challenge 2006 wine contest. The FRANCOS red 2003 won BRONZE medal.

Francos won Silver Medal in Canadá

The Francos 2003 awarded at Sélections Mondiales dês Vins 2007 with Gold medal.

Best Buy 2005

Revista de Vinhos awards – Best Wine from Estremadura