Quinta dos Carvalhais Dão Branco Reserva 2020
Region: Dão, Portugal
Bottle size: 75cl
Grape: 52% Encruzado 48% Gouveio
This wine is bright straw-yellow in colour and has pronounced aromas of pear and dried fruit peel alongside hints of honey and brioche. On the palate, the wine is rich with great flavour concentration balanced by a lively acidity. The finish is long and elegant.
This 105-hectare estate, situated at an altitude of 465-500 metres above sea level, has 50 hectares under vine. Warm days and cool nights at this altitude slow down the grape ripening process and result in wines with lovely depth yet vibrant fruit and a signature freshness. The vineyards are planted on poor granite soils with a predominance of indigenous Dão varieties including Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro and Encruzado. Microzoning studies have been carried out on the estate, identifying nine different soil types and a multitude of different microclimates, and each grape variety has been matched to its ideal plot. All of the vineyards are farmed sustainably and harvesting is carried out by hand.
Quinta dos Carvalhais is a beautiful estate in the Terras de Senhorim sub-region of the Dão and is one of the region's most respected producers. Purchased in 1988 by the Guedes family, a huge amount of investment has gone into the estate, which combines the most up-to-date viticultural and winemaking techniques with age-old traditions, resulting in unique wines with great elegance and personality.