History has taught us that Dão belongs to those places that Man has long-recognised as exceptional for producing great wines. Despite its enormous potential to produce red and white wines, it is a region that continues to stubbornly remain out of the limelight.
António Madeira, who is French of Portuguese descent, has his roots in the foothills of Serra da Estrela. Since 2010, António Madeira has been researching, the places in this sub-region, that our ancestors elected as the best for vine, those that we might call the «Grands Crus of the Dão highlands» and found a series of old vines that are distinctive because of the authenticity of their grape varieties, the characteristics and nuances of their granite soils and sun exposures.
2014 was a late year, marked by heavy rains of September. Manual and careful harvest enabled to pick only the healthy and ripe grapes.
2014 white comes from all the vineyards cultivated by Antonio Madeira, aged from 50 up to 120 years old, where we found field blends of around 20 autochthonous grape varieties, some of them forgotten varieties. 70% of the field blend is Siria, Fernão Pires, Bical and Cerceal.
The vinification philosophy was to respect the grapes and nature and focus on seeking the expression of the terroir of Serra da Estrela, thus, no other product was used except sulphur.
After smooth pressing, gravity decanting lasted 3 days, without use of enzymes or enological products. Alcoholic fermentation took place in a stainless steel tank and began naturally, with the yeast from the vine itself, to express its identity in the purest form. Alcoholic fermentation was very slow and lasted 4 months, which helps to increase complexity.
2014 white aged for 18 months in a stainless steel tank, with little bâtonnage in the first months following fermentation.
Bottling took place in February 2016.
This wine expresses the character and elegance of the land that witnessed its birth and takes us on a journey through time to discover the aromas and flavours of Serra da Estrela foothills, just as they were back in the time of our forefathers.
Deep, character, pure fruit, floral notes, fennel, ginger, wet granite. Fresh, tense, crystalline, elegant and full-bodied saline mouth. Ask for another glass. Tasty end, long and intense granite.
PRODUCER : António Madeira REGION : Dão – Serra da Estrela SOIL TYPE : Granite
VINEYARDS : Around 10 small old vineyards AVERAGE VINE AGE : from 50 up to 120 years old
GRAPE VARIETIES : Field blend of 20 native grape varieties, based on 70% of Siria, Fernão Pires, Bical and Cerceal.
ALT. FROM SEA LEVEL : 500/600 m PRUNING METHOD : Guyot
HARVEST PERIOD : September 18th 2014 HARVEST METHOD : Hand picked
FERMENTATION : Indigenous yeasts, stainless steel tank
MALOLACTIC : None AGEING : 18 months in stainless steel tanks
BOTTLED : February 2016
ALCOHOL : 12.1% PH 3,11 TOTAL ACIDITY (G/L) 6,59
VOLATILE ACIDITY (G/L) 0,25
FREE SO2 AT BOTTLING (MG/L) 34 TOTAL SO2 (MG/L) 102
RESIDUAL SUGAR (G/L) 0,5
VOLUMIC MASS (G/ML) 0,9900
PRODUCTION : 1247 bottles
FOOD SUGGESTIONS : Seafood dishes, fish, codfish, white meat, dishes with cheese. Vegetarian suggestions: grilled vegetables or salads.