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Mouchão, Dom Rafael White, Alentejo, Portugal 2017






A lively, structured white wine with lovely citrus characteristics of lime and lemon that gives it a strong personality. It is a great accompaniment to salad dishes, seafood, grilled or smoked and fish and cold meats – or for drinking on its own.

Local blend (Arinto, Antão Vaz)
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Aperitif, nibbles, seafood

Mouchão is the most historic estate in the Alentejo, a region with a deserved reputation for producing consistently excellent wines. Still family owned, Mouchão has been making wine for more than a century and maintains the traditions established in 1901 when the winery was built – an elegant whitewashed adobe building, nestling in a valley and shaded by tall eucalyptus trees.

Mouchão wines are renowned for their longevity, maturing subtly as they age. Responsible husbandry and care in the vineyard is critical to harvesting the best fruit – and sustaining the estate’s healthy bee population. This wine is made from two local grape varieties, Arinto and Antao Vaz, from separate vineyards: Zé Rovisco, with 12-year-old vines on skeletal flintstone clay loam; and Barragem, with vines more than 20 years old. The larger Barragem vineyard lies on the shallow banks of the Mouchao reservoir, providing a freshness, complexity and concentration that is rare among Alentejo whites.

Grapes are hand-picked and foot trodden in marble cement lining lagares. This wine is fermented in large stainless steel vats at low temperatures and is bottled early so as not to lose it’s aromatic qualities and minerality.



“The aroma combines the zesty citrus – lemon and grapefruit – of Arinto with the slightly cedary character of Antão Vaz. Very crisp with a pithy, almost chalky, texture that adds interest to the clean-cut fruit. Really lively and would be a good aperitif with nibbles but also has the structure to go with simple fish dishes. Intensity of fruit adds length.” 16 points