MJC Colares Branco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Well-aged, classic Malvasia-based blend from the westernmost appellation in Europe. MJC Colares Branco is an expression of the extreme Atlantic climate and maritime terroir of this nearly forgotten appellation, from one of the few remaining properties in the area.
RATING HISTORY:'09 = 92 W&S Magazine "Year's Best Portugal Whites"
GRAPE:100% Malvasia. Vines planted from 2004-2005.Tended in sandy soil at 56 m (184 ft) above sea level.
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Pair with richer seafood, paella, or harder aged cheeses.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Rigorous triage. Fermented and aged in stainless steel. 4 months of lees contact, then racked and aged for 3 years in stainless steel tank before bottling.
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:Vineyards located between the Serra de Sintra and the Atlantic, in the westernmost growing area in continental Europe about an hour from Lisbon. Rainfall averages 800mm through the growing season. Soil is a top layer of sand over a layer of clay – vines are dug to 8m deep in order to get proper root purchase in the clay, and gradually backfilled with sand as the vine grows. Climate is Atlantic, with an average temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit (15 C) during the growing season.
TASTING NOTES:Bright gold. On the nose, white flowers, beeswax, honey, dried and roasted orchard fruits, seaweed and iodine. On the palate, broad and rich, cut through with bracing acidity and minerality. Savory and floral, with pronounced umami character on the finish.
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