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Quinta Dos Murcas Assobio White 2014

Other White Blends from Portugal
    13.5% ABV
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    13.5% ABV

    Winemaker Notes

    A bouquet of citrus with hints of lime. The palate is full, fresh and elegant with mineral notes.

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    Quinta Dos Murcas

    Quinta Dos Murcas

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    Quinta Dos Murcas , Portugal
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    Located on the right bank of the Douro, just a few kilometres from the Régua dam, Quinta Dos Murcas is distinguished by the remarkably vertical topography of its slopes covered with vines that boast dozens of endemic regional grape varieties. Those viewing Murças from a distance are unable to fully comprehend its true size or realise the many different exposures and orientations of its 160 hectares of impressively steep gradients. Murças is now producing new Douro wines and ports that enhance the reputation of the Douro and Portugal even further.

    Portugal

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    Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

    While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white wines of various styles.

    The Duoro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

    Other dry wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

    The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

    Other White Blends

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    With hundreds of white grape varieties to choose from, winemakers have the freedom to create a virtually endless assortment of blended wines. In many European regions, strict laws are in place determining the set of varieties that may be used, but in the New World, experimentation is permitted and encouraged. Blending can be utilized to enhance balance or create complexity, lending different layers of flavors and aromas. For example, a variety that creates a soft and full-bodied wine would do well combined with one that is more fragrant and naturally high in acidity. Sometimes small amounts of a particular variety are added to boost color or aromatics. Blending can take place before or after fermentation, with the latter, more popular option giving more control to the winemaker over the final qualities of the wine.

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