2009 Dom Rafael White Herdade Do Mouchâo, Alentejo

2009 Dom Rafael White Herdade Do Mouchâo, Alentejo

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2009 Dom Rafael White Herdade Do Mouchâo, Alentejo

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Portuguese white wine does not usually achieve Parnassian heights of excellence, and has often, in truth, been rather clumsy and oxidised. At Mouchao there has been no sacrifice of local colour with the use of local grape varieties (Arinto and Antão Vaz) but a real effort has been made in the winery, with stainless steel and temperature control both employed to add a crispness and freshness .

This is an expressive wine from a good vintage with plenty of weight and character, fresh certainly but with Iberian warmth and a citric dried fruit twist on the finish; all in all a perfect match for local dishes such as seared scallop or salt cod.
(Simon Field MW, BBR Buyer)

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Dom Rafael

Dom Rafael

The Alentejo region covers nearly a third of continental Portugal, stretching all the way from the coast eastwards to the frontier with Spain. The moderating influences of the Atlantic diminish sharply inland, with late Spring frosts and low summer rainfall being continual problems.

In Portugal the majority of ex-pat English winemakers seem to have settled in the Douro Valley and to focus on making top quality ports with distinctly English names such as Taylor and Graham. One or two more adventurous souls, in this instance the Richardson and Reynolds family, have ventured further south, to the fecund vineyards of Alentejo, which are located between Lisbon and the Algarve. Braving the wilder excesses of the intense climate, the wild rabbits and pata negra pigs, not to mention, in April 1974, the Portuguese Revolution, they have persevered and the vinous results are outstanding.

Dom Rafael is the 2nd label of the celebrated Herdade do Mouchão and the wines are softer and more approachable in youth than their illustrious sibling. While Mouchäo is made using strictly traditional methods, the Dom Rafael wines are made using modern technology in their own spanking new state of the art winery. The red wines (from Alicante Bouschet, Trincadeira, Aragonez) are packed with concentrated fruit whilst the whites are aromatic and vibrant and rounded on the palate.

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There are over 200 different grape varieties used in modern wine making (from a total of over 1000). Most lesser known blends and varieties are traditional to specific parts of the world.

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