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.
The 50 hectares vineyard 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 increasingly impressive range of wines from estate vineyards, which are situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level.
2013 saw intense rainfall that replenished the water reserves in the soil. The rainfall was accompanied by low temperatures delaying the vegetal growth of the vines, but not affecting the timing of budburst or flowering. July and August were hot and dry, which allowed maturation to progress slowly and evenly. Rainfall in September meant that careful attention was needed at harvest and in the winery to ensure high standards were maintained.
The grapes arrived at the winery in 20kg batches, and were immediately unloaded into a pneumatic press where the juice was extracted. After a 24-hour period of cold settling, the must was racked off the gross lees and then transferred into temperature controlled stainless steel tanks, where it underwent fermentation at 16ºC for 20 days. In keeping with the old Dão traditions, the white wine underwent an extended period of ageing in used 225 litre French oak barrels, for roughly 40 months.
This wine is a brilliantly clear straw-yellow colour. It has buttery aromas from the oak ageing and hints of honey and citrus. Herbaceous and mineral notes add freshness and complexity to the wine. On the palate, there is an aromatic complexity from the time in oak barrels which also adds a polished smoothness to the fruit character. The finish is long and elegant.
|Grape varieties||60% Encruzado
|Winemaker||Beatriz Cabral de Almeida|
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