Moscatel Galego 2020
A Wine That
is the perfect escape to warmer, sunnier tropical climes. Imagine slices of golden mango and pineapple with a generous squeeze of lime, sprinkled with crushed sea salt. Aromatic fruit + tartness + lip-smacking salinity = a wine we cannot stop drinking.
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- Winemaker: Folias de Baco
Where and How?
The Moscatel Galego (the same grape as Muscat Blanc à Petits Grains) for this wine is grown biodynamically at a high altitude (550-700m) up on a plateau, rather than down by the river Douro. The nights get pretty cold up here, which slows down the ripening process and encourages acidity and freshness. Moscatel Galego is perfect for the cool climate in this little subregion however, as it does ripen earlier than other varieties.
The grapes were whole bunch pressed, as the stems also lend some freshness. Fermentation began in steel tanks, before the wine then sat on its lees for five months. This lends a creamy element, balancing out the freshness.
Bottled unfined, unfiltered and with a tiny sulfite addition.
The Winemaker: Folias de Baco
Tiago Sampaio of Folias de Baco shows the world a much-needed alternative side to the Douro Valley. Although this is a region famous for port (fortified wines) and for its big, muscular red wines, this wasn’t always the case. Just a few decades ago, there were much lighter, lower alcohol wines made here, and Tiago’s mission is to recreate these.
Although it’s famous for its red wine varieties of Touriga Nacional, Tinta Barroca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga Franca, these are only four of dozens’ worth of indigenous varieties that find their home here. For Tiago, it would be a shame to focus merely on the big names, so he works with historical field blends of over 30 varieties, and has a new project focused on their conservation. These are crucial and brave steps. It would be easy for Tiago to simply follow what has become the norm, but that’s not his style.
Through protecting genetic diversity of previous generations, but while experimenting with new methods, Tiago is truly a revolutionary winemaker of the region. This is about bringing new thinking into the next generation, while safeguarding history.