Monte Da Ravasqueira Branco - White 2014/15
Clear and bright with green hues. On the nose you notice immediately the aromatic intensity of the Viognier and the Alvarinho, with intense notes of fresh tropical fruit and lychees. Then comes the Semillon and Arinto with notes of lightly cut grass. Fresh on the palate, vibrant with a delicate texture and minerality from the granite in the Monte da Ravasqueira vineyards. Stone fruit, light white pepper, green apple notes - very balanced , it's not a heavy wine by any means (12.5%) but rather shows how suitable the area is for the growing of both native and French varieties.
20% off for any mixed 12
Viognier, Alvarinho, Semillon, Arinto
This white wine was fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Aged at low temperatures with only slight battonage. No wood was used.
Based to the north of Evora and to the west of Estremoz, this is an estate comprising some 65ha with a production of just less than 1 million bottles per annum. Despite the wonderful historical buildings that are on the estate the first vintage was only just over 12 years ago. However it is a dynamic force in the region and with the new addition to the team of Pedro Pereira Gonçalves, Director General of Viticulture and Oenology, who has made wines not only in Portugal but in New Zealand and Chile as well.
Having taking the Agronomy Engineering Graduation with specialization in Enology and Viticulture, Pedro was enticed by his interest in winemaking when he went to Australia to work in Hardys Wine Company. After a further some years spent working in Portugal as Chief Winemaker and Consultant, he returned to work in New Zealand and the next year in Chile in Concha y Toro. At Monte da Ravasqueira in Alentejo, Portugal he found again a challenge to make top wines of special sites. He is responsible for the development of this magnificent brand which tries to combine the best of New World with the old world. He has a constant passion to grow top quality fruit and has produced wines displaying the ripe, concentrated and fruity elegance of New world with the omplexity of classic wine styles. This has resulted in Monte da Ravasqueira receiving numerous awards both locally and internationally.