QUINTA DOS CARVALHAIS COLHEITA SELECCIONADA WHITE
CATEGORY: Single Harvest
DESIGNATION OF ORIGIN: DOP Dão
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Portugal
Quinta dos Carvalhais Colheita Seleccionada White 2008 is a Dão white wine of exceptional quality and is at the pinnacle of this regions expression of elegance and richness. Quinta dos Carvalhais, one of the Dão regions foremost standard-bearers, allies experience with innovation to create very elegant wines with intensely delicate flavours to reflect the regions unique personality.
Colheita Seleccionada White 2008 has a pleasant straw-yellow hue. This wine has a whole range of aromas: some mineral, almond, hazel, a hint of pea, asparagus, a touch of candied orange peel and a vanilla overtone. Its palate has a strong attack, with a lively and well-balanced acidity that gives the overall impression of vivacity. Here, dried fruits and minerals prevail. It is a very dense and complex wine, suited to gastronomy with its very long finish and full-bodied yet elegant character.
In 2008 the winter registered low temperatures and the spring was rainy. During the latter, two instances of ground frost occurred, affecting flowering. Summer was dry and started with a sudden increase in temperature.
There was a delay in the evolution of ripening due to the high temperatures, which caused a delay to the start of the vintage.
WINEMAKER: Manuel Vieira
VARIETIES: Encruzado, Verdelho
The grapes from the permitted varieties for the making of this wine were received at the modern winery at Quinta dos Carvalhais in small crates. The musts, duly protected from oxidation through the use of inert gases, underwent static decanting at a low temperature for a 24-hour period so as to reach the level of clarity required. They were subsequently sent to stainless steel tanks under controlled temperatures, where the selected yeasts were added, and fermented for about 20 days at temperatures not higher than 16ºC.
Maturation took place in French oak, 225-litre, barrels, of different ages, for a period of about 30 months, during which any intervention was avoided. Thereafter, wines from the different barrels were tasted one by one, with only the best selected for the preparation of the final blend.
Regarded as a wine to keep, Quinta dos Carvalhais Colheita Seleccionada White 2008 has a great potential to age in bottle. The bottles should be kept horizontally, in a cool and dry place.
This wine should be decanted and served at a temperature between 12ºC-14ºC. Once open, it should be enjoyed immediately, although it may be kept for 2 to 3 days in a refrigerator, provided it is well sealed.
The elegance and complexity of Quinta dos Carvalhais Colheita Seleccionada White 2008 make it excellent with rich fish dishes, smoked fish, patés as well as with white meat or poultry dishes.
Alcohol: 14,5% | Total Acidity: 6,4 g/l (tartaric acid) | Sugar: 2,1 g/l | pH: 3,02