M.O.B. Lote 3 Branco, 2020
Style/ Colour White
Grape Varieties 100% Encruzado
The Producer Three top Douro winemakers co-founded this eponymous Dấo label in 2010. They are Jorge Moreira (Quinta de Poeira), Francisco Olazabal (Quinta de Vale Meấo) and Jorge Serôdio Borges (Wine and Soul). Since visiting in 2013, the trio have bought the 10-hectare Seia vineyard which, Poeira told me, is the latest ripening Dấo vineyard he knows. It ticks their boxes because, he added, “slow ripening preserves all the freshness and fruit, making very delicate wines.” The winemakers recently extending their holdings in the elevated Serra da Estrela sub-region, acquiring five hectares of very old vines in Gouveia. With a host of new wines, this exciting collaboration goes from strength to strength. Who said never mix friends and business?!?
The Vineyard/ Winemaking This delicate, fresh blend of varieties and vineyards comprises 30% Encruzado from Seia’s 30-year-old vines and 65% Bical with 5% Malvasia-Fina from Gouveia’s much older vines. Both vineyards sit at between 500-550m. The grapes were fermented in small stainless steel tanks, then aged on lees (lightly stirred) in large, used 500l oak barrels for eight months, allowing the varieties and terroir to shine.
Tasting notes Pale with green glints and subtle cedar and celery salt riffs to its close-to-the-stone green mango and succulent, briny green olive fruit. Gently textured, Lote 3 has a lively backbone of persistent, lemony acidity and crystalline minerality. Sets out to refresh and so it does.
Food pairing Sea Bass ceviche; Pork tenderloin
Serving recommendations Ideal serving temperature 7-9ºC. Drink 2021-2025
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