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Mariposa Tinto, Dao, Portugal 2016


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Quinta da Mariposa is a ‘distinctly Dão’ producer, making wines that are characteristic of the region from only native varieties. After working with some of the best wineries of the Dão region, oenologist Lúcia Freitas returned to her family estate to establish Quinta da Mariposa – a project that harmonizes her respect for tradition and her dream of making wines of extraordinary character from the region she knows so well. Together with her husband Filipe, plans are currently underway to convert the town’s local nightclub into a winery, serendipitously this is where the couple danced together when they were young.

Quinta da Mariposa practice sustainable agriculture so they can craft wine whilst also preserving the wine culture for future generations. They only use native varieties found in the Dão region, ensuring their crop is perfectly suited to the soil and the climate. Their estate is modest and everything is done by hand.

Made from a blend of Tinta Roriz, Touringa Nacional and Jaen this beautiful red demonstrates what the lesser-known regions and grape varieties of Portugal can deliver. Mariposa is a vibrant ruby coloured wine, with highlights of wild berry notes, black pepper and wild flowers. The palate has a bright acidity combined with round tannins and a long finish. Unoaked and medium bodied this can be drunk without food but is equally good with wild mushrooms, roasted lamb and meat-based pasta dishes.

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