Viticulture Luís Cardoso Meneses
This wine was the first one to blend these two grape varieties (Alvarinho and Loureiro) in the Minho region in 1996. It is produced on two different estates: The Alvarinho is produced on Casa do Capitão-Mor (Quinta da Boavista) in Mazedo, Monção. Here the soil is a granitic calcareous with a rough texture, covered by pebbles.
The grape variety Loureiro is produced in Barcelos, in the Cávado sub-region. Most of the soil of the Loureiro vines are granitic, with medium grain and rich in quartz, and partially from a schist soil. The grape production adopts EU certified environmentally friendly practices of "Integrated Protection".

Oenology Rui Walter Cunha
Wine cellars: Two. One located in Monção and another in Barcelos in the Quinta de Paços, both placed within the estate.
Vinification: The grapes are hand harvested, destemmed, and part of them are submitted to pellicular maceration for five hour with temperature control. After being decanted the must is fermented in stainless steel at low temperature. The wine stays on top of the slim lees with "batonnage" until bottling. "Best Buy" 2005

Physical-Chemistry features
Alcohol: 12,6%;
Acidity: 6,4 g/l;
Reducing sugars: 2.1g/l
pH: 3.19
EAN Code: 560 6681 11300 5
Weight of 6 bottles box: 7, 88 kg
Dimensions: 330x232x154 mm


Silver Medals

Harvest 2015
IWC - International Wine Challenge
Wine Advocate by Mark Squires – 89 points
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles
Harvest 2013
Escanção (Sommelier Portuguese Association, "Escanção" Magazine)
Harvest 2012; 2010, 2009
Harvest 2012
CINVE'2013 Valladolid
Harvest 2009
Escanção (Sommelier Portuguese Association, "Escanção" Magazine)
Harvest 2008
Decanter Wine Awards
Escanção (Sommelier Portuguese Association, "Escanção" Magazine) July 09: Citric colour, ripe fruit bouquet, good alcohol and soft flavour, elegant and finishes with a nice mouth.. Drink at 10oC. 85 points
Harvest 2007
Wineanorak.com – Jamie Goode – Nice tropical notes on the nose, with a bit of peach as well as herby citrus notes. The palate is crisp, fresh and herby with a nutty edge. 87/100 points

Bronze Medals

Harvest 2013, 2012, 2011
Escanção (Sommelier Portuguese Association, "Escanção" Magazine)
Harvest 2011
IWSC - International Wine and Spirit Competition; Decanter Wine Awards

Commended Wine

Harvest 2015
Decanter Wine Awards
Harvest 2007
Decanter Wine Awards
Independent Winegrowers Association April/2008: Selected for the presentation trial to the press and "wine merchants" at the Portuguese Embassy in London.

"Best Buy" 2005

Harvest 2004
Escanção (Sommelier Portuguese Association, "Escanção" Magazine) July 05: Pure and clear, open straw colour with a citric yellow tone. Good intensity, delicate with notes of apple, white plum, orange blossom, on very pleasant and well achieved profile. Full attack of flavour and freshness, good body, with a firm acidity which helps the aromatic persistency, all of it very scented. Clearly for the warm weather, but it will reward if there is no rush. Goes well along dry sheep cheeses, pork terrine with herbs and fennel puree.

Excellence Prize

Harvest 2002