Quinta da Mariposa Branco, Dão DOC, Portugal, 2019

Regular price £13.49

Light, fresh and attractive Portuguese white from high altitude vineyards.

After working with some of the best wineries of the Dão region, oenologist Lúcia Freitas returned to her family estate in Terras de Senhorim to establish Quinta da Mariposa – a project that harmonizes her respect for tradition and her dream of making wines of extraordinary character from the region she knows so well. Together with her husband Filipe, plans are currently underway to convert the town’s local nightclub into a winery, serendipitously this is where the couple danced together when they were young. “We are lucky to be born in wine region we love... or was that we were born here that made us fall in love…”

Quinta da Mariposa practice sustainable agriculture so they can craft wine whilst also preserving the wine culture for future generations. They only use native varieties found in the Dão region, ensuring their crop is perfectly suited to the soil and the climate. Their estate is modest and everything is done by hand.

Tasting Note: This lemon coloured wine has a nose of flora and citrus fruits. Lovely acidtiy on the palate combined with the characteristic minerality found in the Dão region, with a long and elegant finish.

Critics: Jancis Robinson 15.5/20

Malvasia Fina 40%, Cerceal Branco 30%, Encruzado 30%