ADEGA MÃE CHARDONNAY WHITE 2014

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Grape variety– 100% Chardonnay (single grape)

Vintage –2014

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – clay-limestone

Tasting notes yellow citrine colour. Aromas of the grape variety, with notes of quince, and fruits with yellow skin. Big volume in the mouth, is a very expressive and elegant wine with a long end of mouth

Winemaking − stalk total light pressing, cold settling, fermentation in 400L French oak barrels. “Batonnage” for 7 months

Ageing − in 400L French oak barrels

Alcohol – 13%

Total acidity – 7,1 g/l

pH – 3,42

Wine pairing – perfect with all kind of fatty fish and oven baked dishes

Awards/Reviews – the gold medal on concourse “Vinhos de Lisboa 2016” (vintage of 2014); vintage of 2013 was awarded the bronze on the “International Wine Challenge 2015”; vintage of 2012 was awarded the bronze on the “International Wine Challenge 2014”; 16,5 points in “Revista de Vinhos”; “AWC Vienna 2013 – recommended”

Quote – “With light wood-aging flavours, this creamy wine is still young, with tangy orange and lemon zest as well as touches of vanilla. Let it develop further and drink from late 2017” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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ADEGA MÃE DORY RESERVA WHITE 2014

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Grape variety– 56% Viosinho, 29% Alvarinho, 15% Chardonnay

Vintage –2014

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– limestone

Tasting notes− citrus yellow colour. The nose boasts a lifting mix of stone fruits, pears, and honey. Elegantly framed by well-rounded barrel, this wine renders an intense, mineral finish

Winemaking−  de-stemmed, lightly pressed, coldly settled, fermentation in 400L French oak barrels. “Batonnage” for 9 months

Ageing− 9 months in French oak barrels

Alcohol– 12,5%

Total acidity– 7,8 g/l

Wine pairing– goes well with soft cheeses, roasted cod and other roasted fatty fishes

Awards/Reviews – several influential critics have rated this Lisboa wine highly: “The Wine Enthusiast” gave the 2014 vintage a score of 92. This wine has won many prizes: the 2012 vintage was awarded the silver medal from the “Mundus Vini”, and the 2013 vintage was awarded the bronze from the “International Wine Challenge”

Quote – “This is a smooth creamy blend of Viosinho, Alvarinho and Chardonnay. It is delicately poised, just hinting at vanilla while really emphasizing the crisp, clean and refreshing fruits. Acidity and a final orange zest flavour give it a refreshing aftertaste” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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ADEGA MÃE DORY WHITE 2014

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Grape variety– Fernão Pires, Arinto, Viosinho and Viognier

Vintage –2014

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – limestone

Tasting notes intense aroma with notes of tropical fruits and vegetables. Slightly mineral. In the mouth, it is fresh, Atlantic and vibrant

Winemaking − lightly pressed, decanted at low-temperature, fermented at 14-15ºC for 15 days, then “batonnage” on fine lees for four months

Ageing − in stainless steel

Alcohol – 12,5%

Total acidity – 6,7 g/l

pH – 3,36

Wine pairing – ideal for any fish and shellfish. Combines perfectly with sushi and salads

Awards/Reviews – the gold medal on “Concurso de vinhos de Lisboa 2017”; “Nectar di Vino 2015” - 1st place (vintage of 2013); the bronze medal on “China Wine and Spirits Awards 2014” (vintage of 2012)

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ADEGA MÃE VIOGNIER WHITE 2014

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Grape variety –100% Viognier (single grape)

Vintage – 2014

Region– Lisbon

Denomination– IG Lisboa

Type of soil– limestone

Tasting notes− very floral and white peach notes. Exquisite set. Slight dried fruit note. Structured in the mouth with good volume and intense finish

Winemaking− de-stemmed, lightly pressed, cold settling. Fermentation in used French oak barrels. "Batonnage" for 6 months

Ageing− used French oak barrels

Alcohol– 13%

Total acidity– 6,0 g/l

pH– 3,47

Wine pairing– goes well with any fish-based dish and soft cheeses

Awards/Reviews– 85 points by “The Wine Enthusiast Magazine” and 16,5 points in “Revista de Vinhos”; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 16 points (0-20) [vintage of 2012]

Quote – “This is a wood-fermented wine, spicy and lightly perfumed. The wood ageing does dominate the yellow fruits and acidity that still need time. Drink this wine from late 2017” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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DAMASCENO WHITE 2013

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Grape variety– Fernão Pires, Chardonnay, Verdelho

Vintage –2013

Region – Península de Setúbal

Denomination – Península de Setúbal

Type of soil – sandy

Tasting notes wine with a truly balanced acidity, great freshness, full mouth and tropical fruitiness

Winemaking − long fermentation at controlled temperature of about 12-14ºC

Ageing − 2 months with lees contact and lees stirring, followed by 3 months of French oak barrels ageing

Alcohol – 13,5%

Wine pairing− good with seafood, grilled fresh fish, white meats and as an aperitif

Awards/Reviews− the silver medal on “The International Wine Challenge” (vintage of 2013); “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 15 points (0-20) [vintage of 2013]

Quote – “Wine enthusiasts and critics already know the effect of the word “Alentejo” when it comes to wines. They’re known for their quality, centuries-old tradition and peculiarity. We’re showcasing some of them to you today from one distinct brand: Damasceno. That being said, today we bring you a few wines from a sub-brand, a red and a white Nocturno from 2013, all at a great price of 5€. With its own brand come the Demasceno white from 2013 and the red from 2014, wines that have proven themselves to be unique and very intense in flavour. Damasceno’s Reserve Red from the year 2010 is also a wine we suggest you try, having been awarded some points and accolades by several different wine critics. It’s just under 17€, so you should jump on the opportunity to try it” (www.portugalvineyards.com) [about vintage of 2010]

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DESIGUAL WHITE 2015

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Grape variety– Antão Vaz, Verdelho, Arinto

Vintage –2015

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – schist

Tasting notes presents a light yellow colour, in the nose stands out youth and aromatic intensity, with passion fruit notes. As a fresh mouth feel with balanced and pleasant acidity

Winemaking − in stainless steel tanks, with total stemming settling between 7°C and 10°C. The fermentation controlled at low temperatures between 13°C and 15°C

Ageing in stainless steel

Alcohol – 12,5%

Wine pairing− excellent as an aperitif, as well as accompany fish dishes and seafood

Awards/Reviews – “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 15 points (0-20) [vintage of 2013]

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DIVAI WHITE 2016

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Grape variety – Antão Vaz, Roupeiro, Arinto

Vintage – 2016

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – granitic / schist nature

Tasting notes − this wine was produced from grapes Regional Alentejo, Antão Vaz, Roupeiro and Arinto in excellent ripening conditions and made with the best traditional methods combined with modern technology. Limpid and crisp with citrus and slightly auburn colour.  Fruity aroma is suggesting tropical and citrus fruits.  Sleek, slim and balanced with good acidity that gives it a real freshness and persistence in the mouth

Winemaking −  de-stemmed and thermal shock in the reception of grapes. Pressed with a pneumatic press. Take place clarification of must with cold settling (8ºC to 10ºC) for 48 hours. Fermentation with selected yeasts and with temperature control (12ºC to 14ºC)

Ageing – in stainless steel vats

Alcohol – 12,5%

Total acidity – 5,60 g/l

pH – 3,40

Awards/Reviews – to date, four medals were worthy of four different testing: The Best Value Gold Medal on CWSA Hong Kong & China and the silver medals on “Mundus Vini” in Germany, on the “International Wine Challenge” in England and on the “Concours Mondial Bruxelles” in Belgium

Quote – “Ideal as an appetizer before a meal and/or with any kind of fish, shellfish, and pasta” (LUÍS DUARTE, winemaker)

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Do you need to pay a lot for good wine? Quinta do Monte d’Orio will let you know (updated in January 2019)

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In today's article, I want to share my opinion about the question: Does one outstanding wine really cost that much?

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HERDADE PERDIGÃO RESERVA WHITE 2014

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Grape variety – 100% Antão Vaz (single grape)

Vintage – 2014

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – limestone (the limestone factor will provide to the wine a unique flavour: spicy, red berries, black currants, plums, dry grapes and mineral)

Tasting notes − golden yellow colour, aroma of tropical fruit with well-integrated oak. Expressive and elegant. Fresh and subtle textures. Good acidity. Vibrant character

Winemaking − after sorting, the fully stalked clusters fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control for, approximately, 20 days

Ageing – in French oak barrels with “battonage” for 6 months

Alcohol – 14%

Total acidity – 5,0 g/l

pH – 3,3

Total sugar – 2,6 g/l

Wine pairing – ideal with confit cod on coriander risotto

Awards/Reviews – the silver medal assigned on “Grand International Wines Award MUNDUS VINI 2017” in Germany; “Herdade Perdigão Reserva White 2015” was awarded the gold medal and distinguished as the “Best Alentejo white wine”; vintage 2015 was recommended on the “International Wine Challenge”; “Clube Vinhos Portugueses – Jorge Cipriano” rating: 90 points (0-100) [vintage of 2015]

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HERDADE PERDIGÃO SPARKLING WHITE BRUT 2014

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Grape variety – Arinto & Antão Vaz

Vintage – 2014

Region – Alentejo

Denomination – IG Alentejano

Type of soil – limestone (the limestone factor will provide to the wine a specific flavour: spicy, red berries, black currants, plum, dry grape and mineral)

Tasting notes − citric colour. The wine shows fine and persistent bubble. Aroma of dried fruit and some lime. Delicate taste with elegant and harmonious finishing

Winemaking − after sorting, the fully stalked clusters fermented in stainless steel tanks with temperature control for, approximately, 20 days

Ageing – second fermentation: 12 months in bottle, being carried out then the “remuage”, to proceed with the “dégorgement”

Alcohol – 12,5%

Total acidity – 6,0 g/l

pH – 3,04

Total sugar – 1,8 g/l

Wine pairing – ideal with a piglet and white fish; also goes with any desserts

Awards/Reviews – 16 points in “Revista de Vinhos”; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 16 points (0-20) [vintage of 2012]; “Clube Vinhos Portugueses – Jorge Cipriano” rating: 17 points (0-20) [vintage of 2014]

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I warmly welcome all! A brief overview of the history of Portuguese wine including Portugal's prestige grapevine, the Touriga Nacional (updated in January 2019)

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It's a real pleasure to inform you that my site has just been improved and modernized. I hope that what I offer you and what I will write about from time-to-time will be helpful and enhance your knowledge of Portuguese wines. I want to share my passion for Portugal and its wines with you. For this reason, I will describe the wines and Portuguese grape varieties. I will show you how to pair it with food (i.e. wine pairing). I will share news from the Portuguese wine industry, introduce all my business partners from Portugal, including their wineries, and inform you of interesting events. All of this will help you to choose and enjoy my Portuguese wines, which are best when shared with family and friends in the celebration of life. I'm confident that these extraordinary wines from remarkable wineries will exceed your expectations!

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Intensywne lato w Portugalii

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Ostatnie miesiące były bardzo napięte i emocjonujące. Przede wszystkim wdrażam kilka istotnych zmian i ulepszeń na swojej stronie firmowej, dzięki czemu dostęp do oferowanych przeze mnie portugalskich win stanie się jeszcze wygodniejszy, a asortyment większy i jednocześnie bardziej dystyngowany. 

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MANZWINE DONA FÁTIMA JAMPAL WHITE 2014

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Grape variety– 100% Jampal (single grape)

Vintage –2014

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – clay-limestone

Tasting notes bright yellow colour. Fruity aromas dominate the full bouquet. Exotic and citrus fruits are predominant along with captivating complexity aromas, revealing soft butter, vanilla and toast notes. Dona Fátima, produced entirely from the Jampal grape has an intense freshness on the palate with a full, sustained bouquet, an elegant lingering taste, and a good balance of acidity with added complexities of young oak

Winemaking − the grapes were de-stemmed. Pre-fermentation maceration. The fermentation process occurred in small stainless steel tanks at controlled temperature

Ageing in French oak barrels for 6 months in "battonage" system

Alcohol – 13%

Wine pairing − ideal with light food dishes and fish

Awards/Reviews − the 2012 vintage was awarded bronze on the “Wines of Portugal Challenge 2013”; this wine is on the list of the best 50 Portuguese wines

Quote – “Only recently identified, the Jampal is a rare and ancient local grape from the western Lisboa area, close to the ocean. It produces a crisp, tight and mineral-textured wine. This example is fresh, lively and bright with sliced apple and lime flavours and a fruity aftertaste. It is ready to drink” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

Quote – “A tight, very focused nose and palate of great limpidity reveals minerals, floral, citrus and crunchy star fruit aromas and flavours. Smoky oak could detract from its limpidity but in fact cleverly complements this wine's minerality. A quality which is also reinforced by its salty long, persistent finish. Truly unique. An exciting wine” (SARAH AHMED, The Wine Detective. The inside track on Portuguese and Australian wine) [about vintage of 2013]

Quote – “Very pale, this sees oak but it is virtually undetectable on the nose with lifted, gently floral aromas that are delicate and spicy, quite exotic but utterly fresh. The palate has a freshness and mountain-stream clarity. It is fairly light and arguably just a touch dilute on the lemony, very clean finish, but then the hints of honeyed richness are there” (TOM CANNAVAN, Wine-Pages.com) [about vintage of 2011]

 

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QUINTA DO MONTE D'OIRO LYBRA WHITE 2015

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Grape variety – Viognier, Arinto, Marsanne

Vintage – 2015

Region – Lisbon

Denomination – IG Lisboa

Type of soil – clay-limestone

Tasting notes − very aromatically, dried flowers, notes of tropical fruits, ripe citrus. It has a right amount in mouth, textured, elegant, white pretty solid, filled with light lemony at the end

Winemaking − the grapes were picked bunch to bunch in carpet escalator, totally stripped and crushed smoothly

Ageing – 5 months in stainless steel vats

Alcohol – 13,5%

Awards/Reviews – 90 points in “The Wine Enthusiast Magazine” (vintage 2015); 89 points by Robert Parker; “Vinhos de Portugal 2015 – João Paulo Martins” rating: 16 points (0-20) [vintage of 2013]

Quote – “Made from organically grown grapes, this is a ripe wine, very balanced and integrated. It conveys yellow fruits along with tangerine and juicy pear. The wine is ready to drink, although it will be better from mid-2017” (ROGER VOSS, European Editor. Reviews wines from Portugal and France)

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