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2015 Casa de Darei Darei Branco Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Bical, Cerceal Dão
SRP: $17.546666666667 Bottle / $210.56 case of 12
1-27 Cases Landed Profit Margin: 21.85%
28+ Cases Landed Profit Margin: 32.30%
FOB Profit Margin: 43.20%
Casa de Darei is a third generation estate of the Ruivo family, and is a gorgeous 150-hectare property nestled in the Dão Valley in the central portion of Portugal, in the municipality of Mangualde. The vast majority of the area is a dedicated natural reserve, with beautiful forests that line the Dão River, verdant farmland for cattle, apple orchards, and 6.8 hectares of organic certified grape vines. Darei is the name of the 40- inhabitant town that the winery sits in, where the total production for the estate is 45,000 bottles annually, focused on the local and indigenous white and red varieties. A sincere focus on traditionally made wines using old cement lagares and beautiful old presses makes the wines clean, focused, and speak to the terroir of the area. Guanito (bat guano) is all the fertilizer they need on their serradela, white clover, and strawberry clover covered ground, to encourage the healthy growth of their native white and red varieties. Striving to only show the natural terroir of their small region, Casa de Darei is all about the tradition of the area, and not the fashion of the wine world. Darei Vinho Branco is a gorgeous representation of the outstanding white grapes that grow along the Dão River. Coming primarily from the Encruzado grape, which dominates the field blend that also includes Malvasia Fina, Bical, and Cerceal, the grapes are on a neighboring property to the estate that the Darei family manages and farms. All grapes are carefully selected and brought into the cellar for a fermentation in both stainless steel and cement vats, and remain with the skins for a few days before being pressed off in order to add extra texture, color, and complexity to the wine. After aging in large cement for several months, the wine is bottled after a light filtration and ready for market. Although fresh and lively, this is not just a white of acid and minerals, as there is wonderful depth in the fruit and organic earth qualities of the wine. Ripe apples, some tropical hints, and a touch of hazelnut define the palate, carried with ample acidity and a long unctuous finish.
Fanciful Name: Darei Branco
Varietal: Encruzado, Malvasia Fina, Bical, Cerceal
Annual Production: 4000
Country Of Origin: Portugal
Bottle Size: 750
Bottles Per Case: 12
Closure Type: Cork