Antao Vaz, Arinto, Viognier, Semillon
The José de Mello family has run Monte da Ravasqueira for several generations, and WineCollective is no stranger to their wines. Located in the Alentejo region of Portugal, which stretches from central to south Portugal, the family also has the means and land for production far beyond wine. The hot and Mediterranean climate of the region allows for their year-round production of honey and premium olive oil, and ranching. Whether you are looking to walk through their unique vineyards, dine in their tasting room, or even visit their Carriage Museum, the estate is well worth a visit as it is located only an hour outside of Portugal’s capital, Lisbon. The 2013 Rayo Branco is composed of two indigenous varietals, Antão Vaz and Arinto. The first is a prized grape in the region and produces full-bodied and structured wines. Arinto is well known for its contribution to blends - bright acidity. Both grapes thrive in the clay limestone soil, uniquely covered with sand. You can enjoy the Ravasqueira Rayo Branco in the next year, well chilled to 11 degrees Celsius.
Clean and very light. It is an almost transparent yellow.
The nose is fresh and aromatic. Antão Vaz is known for its tropical and citrus qualities, and it shines through. Tangerines and ripe green grapes completed with a touch of minerality.
More tangerine and citrus lime zest. There is more minerality on the palate than on the nose, brought in by the limestone soils. The acidity lifts and brightens the mid-palate for a fresh and mouthwatering experience. The wine is noticeably structured, yet light and pleasant. Overall, another impressive and quality wine by Monte da Ravasqueira.
To cut into the acidity, we recommend a presunto (prosscuitto) and fig salad or simple grilled seafood dishes.