This is 100% Moscatel Gallego, a grape that is usually used for fortified wine due to its ability to reach high sugar levels, and yet here’s one that’s fully ripe and utterly delicious at 11.5%! From a a small 30 year old vineyard on a plateau in the Cima Corgo subregion, it has that distinctive Muscat grapey-ness on the nose, but more restrained, with some real exotic flavours-stem ginger, bashed lemongrass, a bit of pineapple, ruby grapefruit and the most amazing saline character. So very mouth-watering, and delicious with Vietnamese food!
The more we taste from Portugal, the more we think it's just about one of the most exciting places to be making wine today! Folias de Baco is a boutique natural winemaking project set up in 2007 by local boy Tiago Sampaio. From a long line of Douro winemakers, he spent much of his early years in the vineyards on the shoulders of his grandfather, and as he grew up, hand in hand walking among the vines. Today, he works with a selection of vineyards in the Alto Douro, a wild and rugged terrain, where vines cling to the mainly schist and granite slopes. Farming is practicing biodynamic and winemaking is as his grandpa did, mostly by hand, and with no additions other than mininal SO2 at bottling. This cuvee saw just 6 months in stainless steel, no fining or filtration.