Dão Encruzado

Dão

Quinta dos Carvalhais

The 105 hectare Quinta dos Carvalhais is a beautiful property in Mangualde commune...

in the Dão. Purchased and invested in by the Guedes family, the estate combines the most up-to-date techniques with extensive experience of traditional winemaking practices, creating wines with elegance and personality. In addition to investing in their own vineyards, Quinta dos Carvalhais has also been instrumental in defending the interests and living conditions of many local small winegrowers who sell their grapes.

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Vineyards

This 105 hectare property, which today has 50 hectares under vine, was purchased by the Guedes family in 1988. The vineyards were planted on poor granite soils with indigenous Dão varieties (Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen and Tinta Pinheira for reds and Encruzado, Assario, Verdelho, Bical and Cerceal for whites), and the modern winery was built soon afterwards. Today, winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida makes an impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, which are situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.

Vintage Information

The start of the year was dry and warm, triggering budbreak earlier than in 2015. Below average temperatures in spring mitigated the early start to the season. Vegetative growth was subsequently slower and flowering and ripening occurred later, but still with plenty of fruit. Summer was warm, affecting the rate at which vines matured. The harvest started early and lasted for a long time.

Vinification

The Encruzado grapes were collected at the winery in small 20kg boxes and unloaded directly into the pneumatic press. After crushing, the must was protected from oxidation by the use of inert gases and subject to low temperature static decanting for 24 hours. Selected yeasts were added ahead of fermentation in new French oak barrels, at temperatures of 19°C for approximately 20 days. The wine was then matured for six months in new French oak barrels where bâtonnage took place before filtering and bottling.

Tasting Notes

A core of bright citrus fruit, melon and pear is overlaid by floral, herbaceous and mineral aromas on the nose. The perfumes are complemented by the spicy French oak. On the palate, it is fresh and balanced with vibrant acidity.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2016
Grape varieties 100% Encruzado
Region Dão
Winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.7g/l
Residual Sugar 2g/l
Wine pH 3.3