Quinta Do Monte D'oiro Madrigal 2013 750ml
SKU 781837

Quinta Do Monte D'oiro Madrigal 2013

Quinta Do Monte D'oiro - Lisboa - Portugal

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Rated 92 by Robert Parker
The 2013 Madrigal is all Viognier, aged in a mixture of tank (60%) and new French oak (40%). To my mind, this will take its place with the best Madrigals - which is a pretty good place to be. Controlling its oak pretty well, even at this young age, this shows fine concentration and persistence on the finish, yet a certain gracefulness that makes it wonderfully appealing. It is a beautifully balanced Madrigal that puts it all together, combining a sunny demeanor, fine fruit and good aromatics. As it continues to evolve, it may yet improve. You can most certainly drink this now, but I suspect a year in the cellar will do it a lot of good, too.

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Winery: Quinta Do Monte D'oiro

Varietal: Viognier

Although primarily associated with the Rhone region of France, the precise origins of the Viognier grape variety are unknown, and the subject of much debate. However, these fine and delicate green skinned grapes are an important varietal for many of France's most elegant white wines, and they are quickly beginning to spread around the New World, too, where wineries are discovering their unique qualities and unusual character. Viognier grapes are notoriously difficult to grow, due to the fact they are highly susceptible to mildew, but wineries persevere with them nonetheless, producing wines which are highly aromatic and have a great, fruit-forward character. Their delicate aroma suggests sweetness due to its flowery, sappy nature, but the wine itself generally very dry and crisp, and full of summery, light and refined qualities.

Country: Portugal

Portugal has been an important center for wine production ever since the Phoenicians and Carthaginians discovered that the many native grape varietals that grow in the country could be cultivated for making excellent wines. After all, Portugal has something of an ideal wine producing climate and terrain; lush green valleys, dry, rocky mountainsides and extremely fertile soil helped by long, hot summers and Atlantic winds. Today, such a climate and range of terroir produces an impressive variety of wines, with the best wines said to be coming out of the Douro region, the Alentejo and the Colares region near Lisbon. Portugal has an appellation system two hundred years older than France's, and much effort is made by regulating bodies to ensure that the quality of the country's produce remains high, and the wines remain representative of the regions they are grown in.