Dom Rafael White is sourced from old Antão Vaz, Arinto and Fernão Pires vines on the Mouchão Estate. Cold-fermented in the century-old winery, this structured, citrus white wine shows remarkable crispness and character, and is enjoyed both on its own and as a fine accompaniment to seafood dishes.
In a country steeped in winemaking history, the name Mouchao is synonymous with wines of distinction. The family-owned estate has been producing wine for over a hundred years and maintains the traditions established in 1901 when the winery was built. The distinctive character of Mouchão wines derives from three principal characteristics: the Alicante Bouschet grape, the specific terroir, and adherence to traditional winemaking methods. He built a high-ceilinged adobe winery (or “adega”) and a distillery was added to the winery in 1929, where until today Mouchão’s pomace brandy is produced.
Today, the Herdade do Mouchão continues to be run by the descendants of the original family whose cellar and vineyard workers have been with them for generations. The process is, as it always has been, unhurried. The grape varieties are local, picked by hand and foot-trodden. In the ever-changing world of winemaking, Herdade do Mouchão, remains a traditional, family-run winery.
2018 Dom Rafael White has wonderful aromas with citrus hues where minerality blends harmoniously with tropical fruits. A lovely softness counterbalances an exuberant freshness. The persistence and irreverence mark the presence of the wine on the palate.