A modern Portuguese white made entirely from indigenous grapes. Clean, crisp, and refreshing with aromas of citrus fruits, pineapple and floral hints.
40% Encruzado , 28% Malvasia Fina, 20% Bical, 12% Verdelho (Gouveio)
These modern wines are a blend of estate grown and bought-in fruit made at Carvalhais by Beatriz Cabral de Almeida. Carvalhais is a 105-hectare property, which today has 50 hectares under vine. Winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
This wine is made from a mixture of grapes bought-in from carefully selected growers and fruit from the Quinta dos Carvalhais estate. The estate vineyards were planted on poor granite soils with indigenous Dão varieties, and the modern winery was built soon afterwards. The vines are grown at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
Upon arriving at the Quinta dos Carvalhais winery, the grapes were destemmed and slowly crushed. The must underwent static decantation at low temperatures for a period of 24 hours to obtain a very clear must. The different varieties were fermented separately in stainless-steel vats at a controlled temperature of 16°C, over a period of about 20 days. Prior to blending and bottling, 20% of the final blend was aged for four months in French oak barrels, while the rest of the wine remained in stainless-steel tanks.