2015 Prats & Symington Chryseia

Year: 2015
Appellation: Douro
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 93
Wine Advocate: 94
Wine Enthusiast: 96
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 14.2%
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"A brooding red, offering generous layers of currant and boysenberry fruit detailed with anise, graphite and dark chocolate. Full, integrated tannins line the finish, marked by tea and rose petal aromas. Drink now through 2025. 2,000 cases made. -GS " (WS)

"The 2015 Chryseia is a 65/35 blend of Touriga Nacional and Touriga Franca aged for 15 months in mostly (80%) new French oak. It comes in at 14.2% alcohol. When last seen, this was not long in bottle, so let's check in. What does this add to the Post Scriptum? Concentration, expressive fruit and structure. The tannins are very ripe, but the concentration of fruit here makes this impressive. It tastes great and the finish is long. Then, it adds refinement, mid-palate finesse and an elegant, fresh feel. This is surprisingly approachable right now, but I anticipate that it will age well for another decade or two." (WA)

"If any wine from the Douro has a Bordeaux influence, it is this wine. Produced as part of a joint venture between the Prats family of Bordeaux and the Symington family of the Douro, this wine shows great attention to tannins and structure while allowing the black fruits to shine. It is a stylish wine, powerful while wearing that power lightly. Drink this wine, from a very good year, from 2022." (WE)

Winery Notes:
Chryseia 2015 was produced from the finest quality grapes drawn from Prats & Symington’s two Upper Douro Valley vineyards, Quinta de Roriz and Quinta da Perdiz. Another property, Quinta da Vila Velha, which is privately owned by a member of the Symington family, also contributed some of its best grapes, as it has done for every vintage of Chryseia. Abundant rainfall at the start of the viticultural year contributed to the replenishment of soil water reserves. This was crucial due to the very dry winter, spring and summer that followed. The spring was one of the hottest and driest of the last three decades. Some timely rain showers in May were of enormous benefit and helped sustain the vines during the very hot, dry months of June and July. August days and nights were relatively cool, mitigating the effects of the drought; the cooler nocturnal temperatures proving decisive in preserving the acidity in the berries and paving the way for balanced maturations. The grapes were picked in excellent condition, resulting in a very fine Chryseia 2015.