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2017 Antonio Madeira A Palheira Tinto

Dao, Portugal

The top cuveé from new wave Dao renegade, Antonio Madeira.

HIGH SCORE

$90.00

About
Distinctive. Beautiful wine. You could twist my arm for 96 points.

Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

This is Antonio Madeira's top red expression. He considers this his equivalent of a Grand Cru, if you will.

A thumping blend of over 20 native red varieties, the principal being the Baga grape, it showcases the beauty of growing grapes at these higher altitudes in Portugal, where you can get ripeness and power whilst maintaining a svelt, athletic frame.

Antonio ferments this wild without any additions aside a splash of sulphur to keep it fresh, searching for a pristine expression of his home terroir. A single vineyard, a field blend, a voice of a slope.

This is excellent, intriguing drinking for now or for the cellar.

About Antonio Madeira

Antonio Madeira is a winemaker of Portuguese decent, who was raised in France before returning to his home in the highlands of Portugal's Dao region to start his own label in 2011.

After rejuvenating some old, neglected vineyards high in the Serra da Estrela hills, Antonio set about producing a set of outstanding field blends that speak of his home. Biodynamic practices underpin the venture, as does a natural, Burgundian-inspired approach in the cellar.

Each wine is co-fermented. Antonio believes that grapes that grow together should go together. The resulting wines are startlingly pure - etched with clean lines, fresh acidity and crunchy mineral texture. Made in tiny quantities and mainlining a sense of place, these are exciting additions to the Portuguese landscape.

Vigneron Antonio Madeira
Vigneron Antonio Madeira
Photo Credit: Jorge Simao
Additional Info

From The Producer

Vinification: The vinification philosophy was to respect the grapes and nature and focus on seeking the expression of the terroir of Serra da Estrela, thus, no other product was used except sulphur. Alcoholic fermentation took place in open vats (lagar) and began naturally, with the indigenous yeasts to express its identity in the purest form. Very little extraction was sought. After pressing, the wine was placed directly into used French oak barrels, where malolactic fermentation took place until the following spring and where it aged for 18 months.

Blend : Baga et. al.
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2028
Bottle Size : 750ml
Production : 2000 bottles

Vigneron Antonio Madeira
Vigneron Antonio Madeira
Photo Credit: Jorge Simao
Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"Liquorice and flowers, ripe and inviting, stony and spicy, red and black fruits. Medium to full-bodied, fine glassy and mineral acidity and then a mass of shale-like tannin, ferrous and firm, cherry and raspberry, chalky open-knit tannin on a long finish. Distinctive. Beautiful wine. You could twist my arm for 96 points." - Gary Walsh (The Wine Front)

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