Single vineyard Encruzado, harvested from a 16 year old vineyard planted at 550m elevation. 100% unoaked, this wine represents the apotheosis of Encruzado. Encruzado is high on acid and shy for the first few months, but as it matures, opens layer upon layer of aromatics and flavors. This wine will age gracefully for 10 to 12 years.
DAC Alvaro Castro recognized as one of 100 Best Wineries of 2014 by Wine & Spirits Magazine; 2013 91WE; 2011 91W&S
100% Encruzado. Organically grown vines planted in 1988. Tended in granite, clay and sandy soil at 550 m (1,804 ft) elevation
Manual harvest happens mid/late-September. The process involves skin contact for 10 to 12 hours followed by pressing, fermentation in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks for 6 months and batonage for 3 months. Filtered and bottled in May.
A grape with warm, ripe tropical notes and a smooth Chardonnay-like character and great richness. On the nose, pineapple, guava, melon and citrus notes give way to flinty mineral tones not unlike that of a top flight Beaune white. On the palate, lush and rich, with juicy tropical fruit in the mid palate leading to a clean, mineral finish.