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2019 M.O.B. 'Lote 3' Branco: Dão, Portugal


Tasting Notes

A beautiful golden color given by the maturation and richness of Encruzado and Bical grapes. Its subtle aromatics are dominated by a complex bouquet of white fruit, herbs, and minerality. In the mouth, it has an opulent impact, but then thanks to its great acidity become very well balanced and long.

Winery Details

M.O.B., located in the Serra d'Estrela district of eastern Dão, is not a name that should incite fear, but curiosity. This daring joint venture is named for the three talented winemakers behind it all: Jorge Moreira of Poeira, Francisco Olazabal from Quinta do Vale Meão, and Jorge Serôdio Borges of Quinta do Passadouro and Wine & Soul. The close-knit trio may have deep roots in the neighboring Douro Valley, but they unite under one desire: to represent the Dão in the truest form. While some winemakers in this region are mimicking a bolder Douro style, M.O.B. aims to craft wines that are intense, yet elegant: a style emblematic of the land.

The leading vineyard, Quinta do Corujão, sits at an altitude of 1,640 feet beside Portugal's highest mountain range, Serra da Estrela. The vines in this area are planted in poor granitic soils, forcing their roots to dig deep in search of water and other nutrients. Cool, brisk air graces the vineyards at nightfall, encouraging elevated levels of natural acidity, while the soils impart a refined mineral character to the final wines: a combination that is unmistakably Dão. The trio aims to utilize an organic approach in the vineyards and hone their skills together, as a team, to create wines with true varietal character, unassailable elegance, and a compelling presence that would be difficult to refuse.

Wine Summary

Winery/Producer: M.O.B.

Grape(s): 45% Encruzado, 45% Bical and 10% Malvasia Fina

Style: White, dry

Origin: Serra d'Estrela, Dão, Portugal

Vinification: Fermented in small stainless steel tanks and oak barrels. It is aged for eight months with slight bâtonnage, or stirring of the lees.

Aging: Aged in stainless steel tanks and oak barrels eight months.

% ABV: 13.0%