Encruzado, Malvasia Fina and Cerceal Branco are the varieties blended here to produce a lovely, light and fresh wine. Described as “Succulent and Vibrant” in the British magazine “The Wine Merchant”, this is an easy drinking dry white that has an accommodating personality and a food friendly profile.
Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Cerceal Branco
Destalked and pressed whole grapes, the clear settled juice is fermented at 14ºC.
Serve between 10 and 12ºC.
Goes well as a starter, seafood, fish and cold dishes (salads).
João Paulo Martins in Vinhos de Portugal 2016
“Lote de Encruzado, Malvasia Fina e Cerceal Branco, apresenta-se com uma tonalidade citrina desmaiada, aroma discreto onde a fruta surge com médio impacto, bons os tons citrinos e alguma mineralidade. Muito caracter na prova de boca, este é um branco de bom desenho, elegante mas cheio, servido por uma acidez viva que cumpre a sua função. Aposta segura.”
Jorge Cipriano in clubevinhosportugueses.wordpress.com, Setembro 2015
“Aspecto: Côr amarelo cítrico brilhante.
Aroma: Apresenta um bouquet muito expressivo, alternando notas cítricas, casca de laranja, lima, com florais, flores de pétala branca, algum alperce e excelente mineralidade.
Na boca: Um vinho muito vivo e fresco, de boa complexidade, alguma tropicalidade na expressão de boca e bastante untuoso.
O final: Termina muito boa persistência
Classificação: 18,5 (0-20)”
João Paulo Martins in E – Revista do Expresso, Julho 2015
“Bom exemplo de um branco de grande equilíbrio, muito gastronómico e que tem um preço acertadíssimo para a qualidade que apresenta. Dica: este, mais do que para guardar, é mesmo para beber agora, com pratos delicados.”
Lisa Johnston in www.winemusing.com, May 2015
“In the northern most third of Portugal is some of the finest of the countries wine regions. The Dao region is bracketed between the Bairrada and the Beira Interior regions and is perhaps better known for its bold red wines. It is the native heartland for the red grape variety, Touriga Nacional, the focus grape for port production in the nearby region of Douro as well as elegant red table wines. Another grape variety indigenous to Dao is Encruzado, a white wine grape which takes centre stage in the Boas Quintas Opta. Here it is blended with Malvasia fina and Cerceal branco to produce a fragrant, food friendly white wine. One that is complex and refreshing and exciting, this region is only just showing its potential to the rest of the world. The Encruzado comes to the fore with its lime juice and rose nuances that melds with the spicy nuttiness from the Malvasia fina. The Opta Branco (Branco = white) gives immediate juicy sweetly ripe fruit mid palate which moves to a more spicy, savoury realm on the finish. An easy to drink wine that has an accommodating personality.”
Patrick Stuart in portugalresident.com, April 2014
“It’s not often that I write about wines priced lower than €5; the reason being that although there are many perfectly palatable wines here in Portugal in the lower price range, they are mostly not worth writing about. But then, every now and again something impresses me, and I tend to keep an eye these days on anything new that appears on the market from the Dão region. Priced at between €4.50 and €5 (I have seen it for sale in my local Intermarché and Baptista supermarkets), this is a lovely, light and fresh wine, pale yellow in colour with tropical fruit notes on the nose; an easy-drinking wine ideal for the summer. Opta is distributed by Wine Emotions, so if in Carvoeiro, call into the Terroir wine bar and restaurant (which is part owned by Wine Emotions) and try a glass.”
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