António MadeiraAntónio Madeira

History has taught us that Dão belongs to those places that Man has long-recognised as exceptional for producing great wines. Despite its enormous potential to produce red and white wines, it is a region that continues to stubbornly remain out of the limelight.

It is also a region that has been destroying its heritage of old vines, native grape varieties that have been practically forgotten, vineyards that are disappearing along with their owners.

António Madeira, who is French of Portuguese descent, has his roots in the foothills of Serra da Estrela. It is in these highlands that António believes lays the heart of Dão, the region with the greatest potential for wines for ageing, where wines are fine, fresh, austere and mineral.

Since 2010, António Madeira has been researching, the places in this sub-region, that our ancestors elected as the best for vine, those that we might call the «Grands Crus of the Dão highlands» and found a series of old vines that are distinctive because of the authenticity of their grape varieties, the characteristics and nuances of their granite soils and sun exposures.

Among them, is the vine that gave rise to António Madeira 2011. It is a 50-year old vine, rescued from abandonment, after not being pruned for three years. In 2010, from one hectare of vine, just 80 kg of grapes were obtained. Thus, no bottling took place.

2011 is therefore the first vintage of this wine that aims to promote Dão Serrano and its native grape varieties.

Vinification

2011 was marked by an early warm and humid spring, which made the year complicated for the winemaker. Hard work was needed to obtain perfect grapes in such adverse conditions. The summer that followed was hot and relatively dry, which allowed the grapes to mature well.

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 with traditional treading and began naturally, with the yeast from the vine itself, 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 16 months.

Racking was carried out by gravity and pitchers. Bottling took place in March 2013.

Tasting Notes

This wine expresses the character and elegance of the land that witnessed its birth and takes us on a journey through time to discover the aromas and flavours of Serra da Estrela foothills, just as they were back in the time of our forefathers.

Mineral aromas and flavours of granite and fresh red forest fruits. With vegetal nuances and perfumed by small flowers, pine needles and pine forest. Delicate, pure, tightly knit, full of life, elegant and structured, it is noteworthy because of its fresh and persistent balance.

Technical Information

Producer

António Madeira

Region

Dão

Soil Type

Granite

Vineyards

Old vineyards

Average Vine Age

50 years

Grape Varieties

Tinta Pinheira, Negro Mouro, Tinta Amarela , Baga and other native grape varieties

Pruning Method

Guyot

Alt. from Sea Level

450

Harvest Period

21st September 2011

Harvest Method

Hand picked

Malolactic

Barrel

Fermentation

Open vats with controlled temperature

Bottled

March 2013

Ageing

16 months in used French oak barrels (250 L)

Alcohol (%)

12.5

Production

1.500 bottles

Food Suggestions

Lamb, duck, codfish.