Quinta dos Carvalhais, Encruzado White, 2020
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.
The fruit for the 2020 Encruzado was sourced from four different plots. Two cooler plots, one next to the lake on the estate and another often shaded by the oak trees, deliver a vibrant acidity the blend. Another plot with more sandy soils produces intensely aromatic grapes. All of the vineyards are farmed sustainably and harvesting is carried out by hand.
After gentle whole-bunch pressing the wine finishes its fermentation in new and used French oak barrels. Some of the wine remained in oak barrels to mature for six months, with regular bâtonnage performed, before the final blend was assembled and moved to larger used oak vessels to marry before bottling.
Bright yellow in colour with intense aromas of ripe lemon, crisp green apple and peach, as well as floral notes of jasmine and orange blossom and well-integrated notes of brioche. The palate is fresh and balanced with vibrant acidity and a long, persistent finish.