Grão Vasco Branco 2017, Dão

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  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2018

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Winemaker Beatriz Cabral de Almeida has created a beautifully elegant and balanced white from the diverse Dão region. The varied region allows for many grape varieties to be grown and an array of winemaking technique to be used.

This wine is a blend of Portuguese varieties Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Bical and Gouveio (Verdelho). It is slightly melon yellow in colour with hints of green and shows tropical and orchard fruit flavours such as pineapple and pear, with refreshing hints of citrus. This will pair well with fish, goats cheese and vegetarian dishes.

The classic elegance of Dão white wines with an exceptional versatility for everyday drinking
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Percentage Alcohol

13.0

Region

Dão

Grape Variety

ArrayBical, Encruzado, Malvasia, Verdejo

Country

Portugal

Style

ArrayFruity Dry White, Unoaked White

Vintage

2017

Food Match

ArrayChicken, Vegetarian, White Fish

Vegetarian

Vegetarian

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The Producer

At Quinta dos Carvalhais the wines are made under the watchful eye of Porto born Beatriz Cabral de Almeida. Beatriz has spent her life making wine around the Portuguese wine regions of Porto, Alentejo and more recently, Dão.

Quinta dos Carvalhais is a 105-hectare estate, that sits between 465 - 500 meters above sea level. 50 hectares of the estate are under vine, producing red and white modern wines from native Portuguese varieties. The estate was bought by the Guedes family in 1988 and their aim is to show the best of what Portugal can produce.

Winemaking

The grapes for Grão Vasco are sourced from the Mangualde commune of the Dão. Various estates surrounding the Quinta dos Carvalhais vineyards produce grapes for the winery (or 'Quinta' in Portuguese) allowing for more variety in the blends and to ensure the quality.

The grapes must be moved from the vineyard to the winey very quickly to reduce oxidation and maximise the fresh, floral notes. Each grape in the blend, Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Bical and Gouveio (Verdelho), are fermented separately in stainless steel tanks, again to retain all the primary, fresh fruity floral notes. The different wines are then blended together and then bottled after four months in stainless steel tanks that allow the separate wines to come together.

The Region

The Dão region is surrounded by mountains that protect it from the influence of both the continental climate and the cold and rain influence of the Atlantic ocean.

The region produces a selection of fine red and white wines that are well balanced due to the variety of vine growing areas. Warmer in the west, cooler in the north and east. The winemakers are spoilt for choice. They have the option to plant their vines from sea level, up to 800m and on a variety of soils, both of which also influences vine growth, health, flavour and concentration.

The locals say that the region might have been created with winemaking in mind – you couldn’t wish for better conditions.

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Chilean Fish Stew

Pair rich fish stews with vibrant, zesty whites such as this award-winning Grão Vasco, Dão Branco as it has enough fruit flavour to balance out the punchy garlic, herbs and tomatoes.
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Moules Marinieres

A classic French dish which is surprisingly versatile with many styles of wine - for a slightly different take, try a ripe, citrussy white Portuguese blend from the Dão region of Portugal.
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Pea And Goats Cheese Risotto

Risottos pair well with both reds and whites so consider the other ingredients when choosing a wine match - the combination of sweet peas and salty goats cheese call for a vibrant white with lots of fruit flavour - try our Grão Vasco from the Quinta dos Carvalhais vineyards.
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