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Vinhos Imperfeitos I White 2018

285,90 €

This wine is born from an immense desire to show the world the unique potential of Dão. Knowing a long time ago the profile of wine that they wanted to do, they went looking in small vineyard for the “ingredients”needed.  This wine is the result of a meticulous choice of the kg of grapes from each vineyard, in order to obtain the perfect blend of grapes that fermented together would make a unique wine of world-class. In this way this...

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Producer Carlos Raposo Imperfect Wines
Region Dão
Grapes Esgana cão, Rabo de ovelha, Encruzado, Malvasia fina, Douradinha, Barcelo, Branda, amongs others.
Winemaking Respecting to the maximum the integrity of the grapes, these were harvested and transported in boxes of 25 kg. At the entrance to the cellar the grapes were manually selected with the help of a selection table and sent to the press, where we gently separated the pulp from the seeds and skins. The resulting must was fermented in stainless steel and partly in used barrels from the region of Burgundy “Puligny Montrachet” chosen expressly for this wine. After a slow fermentation, the two wines were combined with an old concrete tanks (1962), where the goal was the marriage of the two wines and the natural creation of minerality, typical of concrete.
Aging Old concrete tank from 1962
Volume Alcohol by Volume: 12,5%
Bottle Size: 75 cl
Temperature 10ºC - 12ºC
Harmonizations Being an imperfect wine, ideally it should be enjoyed solo, yet delicate foods such as oysters, sea urchins or truffles, are the perfect match.
Wine's Awards 97 Points - Decanter
96 Points - James Suckling
19 Points - Revista de Vinhos Magazine

From an early age Carlos Raposo realized his connection with nature, for that reason at the age of 16 he followed oenology and viticulture at the CVR Bairrada School. At the age of 20, he left for France, where he studied for seven years in Bordeaux and Burgundy. He obtained a degree in Viticulture from the University of Burgundy and a master’s degree in oenology from the University of Bordeaux.

During his studies, he worked at the Château Smith Haut Lafitte and Château Malescot Saint Exupery in Margaux. After that, he looked for other experiences and worked at the Quinta Sardonia in Ribera del Duero (Spain), Robert Craig in Napa Valley (USA) and Stuart Wines Company in Heathcote (Australia).

In 2011, at the age of 27, he returned to Portugal, where he started working with Dirk Niepoort. Though young, his experience around the world, passion and dedication made him the key man of Dirk, at Quinta de Nápoles in the Douro region. He worked hard to sculpt delicious wines like the Batuta, elegant as the Coche, with character as Robustus and Redoma. But also the Turris and all the other projects he has grabbed, from Dão to Vinhos Verdes. Carlos partially left Niepoort in mid-2018, continuing to work with Dirk in the Vinhos Verdes project.

In 2018, he returned to the origins, creating its own project called Imperfect Wines. Carlos is from the Dão region, knows very well the potential of the region and has long dreamed up the wines he wants to make there:

I love fresh, mineral, complex, deep whites and red wines with a hint of rusticity, forest and spices. I believe that the region of Dão is perfect for this type of wine, always thinking about the potential of aging, of whites and reds made by Eng. Cardoso de Vilhena in the Dão study center, a world reference, at the level of the best nectars of our world, very close to heaven … yes that’s what I want to do!

Dry Sweet
Un-oaked Oak aged
Light Full-bodied
Drink now To cellar

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