Domínio do Açor Encruzado Magnum 2021
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A historic farmhouse with spectacular heritage of old vines was acquired by a group of friends in 2021. Domínio do Açor is inserted in a fascinating atmosphere next to the medieval village of Oliveira do Conde. “Domínio” in allusion to the philosophy of making great Dão terroir wines with “domaine” grapes. And “do Açor” evoking geography, facing the Serra do Açor. With the consultancy of the terroir master Pedro Parra and the oenology of the talented Luís Lopes, with passage through Comtes Lafon in Burgundy and Quinta da Pellada in Dão, the style is one of elegance, freshness and granitic minerality.
Azor Encruzado Domain 2021:
VARIETY COMPOSITION: 100% Encruzado da Vine Nascente (6.4ha), 33-year-old plants.
SOIL CHARACTERISTICS: Granitic. Very well composed between soil and stone, more precisely between the lime or “silt” typical of granitic soils, with alterite or rocks degraded by chemical and physical processes of weathering, in addition to quartz and the granite parent rock. A level 5 alterite prevails throughout the vineyards in the Domain of Açor.
ENOLOGY: Total destemming and crushing in a pneumatic press, followed by decantation and fermentation with indigenous yeasts in barrels, at a temperature between 18-22oC. Internship on fine lilies for 11 months in a reducing environment without the addition of sulphites. Complete malolactic. Low addition of sulphites before bottling (56mg/l of total sulfur dioxide). Natural decantation, the wine has not been clarified or filtered, and may show deposits.
AGEING: 11 months in barrels (03 new 500L barrels, two French oak and one Austrian/German oak, and 1 used 225L French oak barrels from 2014).
STORE ESTIMATE: 20 years.
ORGANOLEPTIC CHARACTERISTICS: Lemon intense in color. A great Encruzado do Dão, remarkably complex, with layers of yellow and citrus fruits, herbs, wildflowers and a touch of resin and almonds, all framed by a noble, sophisticated wood, and brushed with a delicate smoky reduction. In the mouth it is voluminous, but firm and very long, with the fruit grounded in a striking granitic minerality.
ENOGASTRONOMIC GUIDELINES: Shrimp rice, Lafões-style roasted veal, grilled pork secrets, veal patty with grains, ribs with canjiquinha mineira, country chicken with okra.