Antonio Madeira Branco Vinhas Velhas
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Region: Dao, Portugal
Grape varieties: Siria, Fernao Pires, Bical, Arinto, and Cereal
Antonio Madeira Branco Vinhas Velhas is sourced from 10 small vineyards ranging from 50 to 120 years of age. Full-bodied and serious wine.
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About Antonio Madeira Branco Vinhas Velhas
Antonio Madeira Branco Vinhas Velhas is a field blend of about 20 indigenous varieties, from 50- to 100-year-old vines. It is elegant and refined with crystalline acidity. Pure floral and fennel aromas are expressive. It is aged for 18 months mainly in stainless steel. A small proportion of the wine sees time in French oak which adds complexity and texture. The finish is all wrapped up in a saline mouthfeel. A full-bodied, serious food wine.
About Antonio Madeira
António Madeira is French of Portuguese descent, and his family roots are in the Serra da Estrela, Portugal’s highest mountain range located in the upper Dão region. António believes the heart of Dão lies in this mountainous region, and that the fine, fresh, mineral wines you can produce here – which he refers to as the ‘Grands Crus of the Dão highlands’ – have great aging potential. He started researching the region in earnest in 2010 and discovered plots of old vines of native varietals such as Tinta Pinheira, Negro Mouro, Tinta Amarela, and Baga. This viticultural heritage, combined with the free-draining granite soils and excellent sun exposures makes these sites distinct. He found a neglected 50-year-old vineyard in Serra da Estrela foothills, which he recuperated and used to produce his first wine in 2011.
His winemaking philosophy is to respect the grapes and the natural environment. He farms sustainably, just using some sulfur treatments, in order to not mask the unique terroir. Grapes are hand-harvested and winemaking is gentle, aiming for minimal extraction.