Bom Malandro Branco is produced from grapes grown at high altitudes (above 500 meters), in strategically chosen locations throughout the Demarcated Region of the Douro, where cooler temperatures provide ideal conditions for the cultivation of white grape varieties, effectively preserving the natural acidity of the grapes and enhancing their aromatic components.
The three months leading up to the harvest were among the hottest and driest ever recorded in the Douro, leaving the soils parched. However, it was amazing to see the vineyards in surprisingly good condition, with few showing signs of water stress, a testament to their resilience and adaptability to harsh conditions. We once again surpassed the record for the earliest harvest, starting at our estates on August 22. September brought a significant drop in both daytime and nighttime temperatures, which had a very positive impact on the vineyards, mitigating water stress and providing the necessary conditions for the progression of maturation. It was incredible to see that the Douro endured such harsh weather conditions and yet we managed to produce wines of high quality.
Vinification: After destemming and gentle crushing of the grapes, a brief skin maceration optimizes the extraction of desirable aromatic compounds and precursors. After clarification, the must is fermented in stainless steel tanks, with a controlled temperature between 15 and 17°C. The winemaking process in a reducing environment extends through the subsequent aging period, minimizing the wine’s contact with oxygen until bottling, preserving the primary aromas that are essential in consolidating the overall profile of this wine.
Aging: In stainless steel tanks until bottling. Bottled in June 2023.
It’s not just anyone who’s a “Bom Malandro” (Good Rascal). It’s a “Bom Malandro” who knows.
Knows how to choose – grapes.
Knows how to influence – pals.
Knows how to taste – remedies.
Knows how to savor – DOC Douro white wine.
Knows how to sit at the table – if it’s a feast.
Knows how to drink – if they bring the bottle and it’s more than one.
Knows that only those who go after life have a great life. And that to have a great life, you have to be a good rascal.