Morgado do Quintão Vinhas Velhas Branco<< Previous wine Next wine >>
WHAT MAKES THIS WINE UNIQUE?Morgado do Quintão Vinhas Velhas Branco is a single parcel wine made from 80+ year old own-rooted vines of an indigenous grape: Crato Branco (also known as Roupeiro or Códega), the oldest known grape in Portugal. This bottling comes from a previously abandoned old vineyard recovered by Joana and Filipe. Dry-farmed and organically farmed, this is a pure, unmitigated expression of Algarve terroir, making it a completely unique discovery in the US.
RATING HISTORY:2019 90WS
GRAPE:100% Crato Branco from 80+ year old vines. Organically farmed (non-certified).
PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:Pairs well with Mediterranean cuisine, particularly seafood. The bright acidity and considerable structure make it a terrific pairing with any number of grilled preparations.
VINIFICATION AND AGING:Focus on minimal intervention. Spontaneous fermentation with wild yeasts is intentionally slow and gentle (25 days) at a cool 54 degrees Fahrenheit. Racked to a mixture of 50% stainless steel and 50% neutral oak, aged for 6 months on the lees. A small amount of sulfur added at bottling only. Filtered, but not fined. Vegan
LOCATION, SOIL, CLIMATE:The estate is home to a 7ha vineyard located 261 ft above sea level in DOC Lagoa (Algarve). The vines are only 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean’s cool maritime influence yet warmed by the Levante winds from Africa, and the average yearly temperature is between 57-60 degrees F. Sunny Algarve is known for exceptional ripening conditions, with 3000 to 3500 daylight hours per year. The soil here is known as arenitos: iron-rich sandy loess mixed with limestone.
TASTING NOTES:Bright straw yellow. On the nose, aromas of passionfruit and pineapple overlaid with jasmine and white flowers. On the palate, weighty and ripe with pronounced minerality and persistent acidity. Finishes with excellent length and precision.
BOTTLE WEIGHT:.87 lbs (.39 kg)
RECYCLABLE GLASS USED:82%
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