The 2017 Darei Vinho Branco is a gorgeous representation of the outstanding white grapes that grow along the Dão River. Coming primarily from the Encruzado grape, which dominates the field blend that also includes Malvasia Fina, Bical, and Cerceal, the grapes are on a neighboring property to the estate that the Darei family manages and farms. These organic grapes are carefully selected and brought into the cellar for a fermentation in both stainless steel and cement vats, and remain with the skins for a few days before being pressed off in order to add extra texture, color, and complexity to the wine. After aging in large cement for several months, the wine is bottled after a light filtration and ready for market. Although fresh and lively, this is not just a white of acid and minerals, as there is wonderful depth in the fruit and organic earth qualities of the wine. Ripe apples, some tropical hints, and a touch of hazelnut define the palate, carried with ample acidity and a long unctuous finish.
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