Vineyards of Bical, Cercial and Encruzado planted at 550 meters elevation in central DÃ£o. DAC Branco is an extraordinary value wine, marked by an intuitive, âless is moreâ approach winemaking and sustainable agriculture.
2012 93W&S. DAC Alvaro Castro recognized as one of 100 Best Wineries of 2014 by Wine & Spirits Magazine
40% Bical, 40% Cercial, 20% Encruzado. Organically grown vines planted in 1988. Tended in granite, clay and sandy soil at 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation
Manual harvest happens mid/late September. Bical is round, Cercial is delicate and low on alcohol, and Encruzado is acidic. Skin contact for 6 to 8 hours. Pressed, it ferments in stainless steel tanks. Batonage for 2 to 3 months. Filtered and bottled in May.
This wine has that elusive combination of weight and elegance, fruit and minerality. It piles citrus flavors over notes of apples and apricots, a medley of fruits that are shaped into a firm, concentrated structure. Bright acidity complements the ripe fruit, and finishes with a light note of toast and mineral.