Made by Alvaro Castro, this is a tank aged blend of Bical (40%), Cercial (40%) and Encruzado (20%) aged on lees with 3 months of batonnage.
Attractive floral, peachy nose. Crisp and tangy on the palate with lovely floral grapey characters, peach and citrus to with a touch of spice, some gentle creaminess from the batonnage and good acidity. A very attractive, fresh and quite floral white wine.
Even more than the prestigious but warmer Douro, the Dao is probably the best place in Portugal to find fresher aromatic styles of wines made from one of the many interesting indigenous grape varieties Portugal has to offer. And in the Dao, we think one producer stands out from the others; step forward Alvaro de Castro. With white varieties such as Encruzado, Cerceal Branco and Bical and reds such as the Tourigas Nacional and Roriz, Alfrocheiro, Jaen, Tinta Amerela and Tinta Cao, there are many possible combinations and indeed Alvaro makes many different wines. What links them is his blend of traditional and modern techniques, creating wines of balance and integrity.
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