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WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Perfectly aged Dão white, exhibiting all the hallmarks of a mature wine that has been impeccably stored. Made in a style that predates the modern push toward big fruit and alcohol, instead exemplifying the elegance and terroir driven wines that predominated Portuguese winemaking prior to the early 1990s.
GRAPE:50% Bical, 25% Malvasia and 25% Encruzado. Planted in granite and schist soil at 450 m (1,476 ft) elevation.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Simply prepared fish and poutry dishes; mild, creamy cheeses; roasted mushrooms
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Open top fermentation with extended macerations. 24 months aging in cement tanks before being filtered and bottled.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:These vineyards are planted in the Dão, which has one of the best microclimates for viticulture in all of Portugal. Surrounded on all sides by 3 different mountain ranges, the Dão is completely protected from cold wind and rain from the Atlantic as well as Continental storms. Warm and dry throughout the first part of the growing season, the late summer grows rapidly cooler, which allows for slower maturation of fruit and longer hangtime. The region might well have been created with winemaking in mind. The vineyards are between 400 and 800m of elevation high in the hills, and are planted on decomposed schist and granite, giving the wines hallmark acidity and minerality.
TASTING NOTES:Bright gold color. On the nose, expressive aromatics of dried stone and orchard fruit comingle with wet stone and almond. On the palate, clean and surprisingly fresh, with round yellow orchard fruit and dried apricot flavors giving way to dusty mineral notes and fresh herbs. A core of surprisingly youthful acidity and considerable length.
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