Chaminé Branco 2011

A blend of local and international varieties from our cool Alentejan Atlantic coastal vineyards.

Current Vintage: 2011

Click here for PDFs of past vintages : 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011

Vintage 2011

Harvest 2011, our 16th harvest. Another record winter rainfall. Record tropical heat in May. Record early start to harvest. Superlative summer and harvest weather. Harvest quantity – up. Harvest quality – above average.

Vinification

Harvested during the cool hours of the early morning, the grapes were destemmed and pressed, followed by settling at low temperatures for 24 hours. Fermented at controlled temperatures in tanks for 15 days and matured on fine lees, with regular stirring. Fined, filtered and bottled to maintain its clean, crisp flavours.

Tasting Notes

It reveals an intense, elegant palate with crisp fruit, a refreshing minerality, and pleasing acidity.

Appellation:
Vinho Regional Alentejano
Varieties:
27% Antão Vaz, 25% Viognier, 25% Verdelho and 23% Sauvignon Blanc
Total Acidity:
5.8
Final pH:
3.44
Residual Sugars:
2.3
Alcohol:
13%
Bottled on the family estate in
December 2011
Total production:
145.000 bottles 75cl, 10.000 bottles 37,5cl
Release date:
January 2012
No barrel ageing

Awards

Silver Medal –
Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012
Bronze Medal –
Decanter World Wine Awards – UK 2012
Bronze Medal -
Hong Kong International Wine and Spirits Competition – HK 2012

Ratings

87
- Wine Spectator
86
- (Mark Squires) Robert Parker
85
- Wine Enthusiast

Reviews

A fruity white, filled with bright peach and apricot flavors, with a strong current of Gala apple supported by fresh acidity. Hints of cinnamon linger on the focused finish. - Wine Spectator Not surprisingly, given the grape blend, this exudes a lot of personality this year. Quite grassy and vibrant, it is well built in the mid-palate for its price range and likely to be rather invigorating as a summer sipper. If you like those fragrant, herbaceous wines, this will hit the spot and seem like quite a nice bargain. - Robert Parker Flavors of pear and white peach drive this clean, fruity wine. It has a tang of citrus and acidity that adds a lively edge. Ready to drink now. - Wine Enthusiast

Track Record

2010 Vintage
- 87 – Wine Spectator
2010 Vintage
- 86 – Wine Enthusiast
2010 Vintage
- 86 – ‘Best Buy’ - Wine Spectator
2010 Vintage
- 85 – (Mark Squires) Robert Parker
2009 Vintage
- 88 – i-winereview
2009 Vintage
- 87 – Wine Enthusiast “Best Buy”
2009 Vintage
- 87 – (Mark Squires) Robert Parker
2009 Vintage
- 87 – Wine Spectator
2010 Vintage
- Silver – IWC London 2011
2010 Vintage
- Gran Menzione – Vinitaly – Itália 2011
2009 Vintage
- Bronze – IWC London 2010
2008 Vintage
- Commended – IWC London 2009
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